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EVMs are tamper-proof, says poll panel

india Updated: Jul 05, 2009 21:36 IST
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The Election Commission on Sunday asserted the electronic voting machines being used to conduct the polls in the country were tamper-proof and reliable, as it replied to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani's apprehensions on the gadgets.

"The Election Commission of India is amply satisfied about the non-tamperability and the fool-proof working of the EVMs," it said in a statement in New Delhi.

The poll panel also said that the efficacy and reliability of EVMs have been upheld by several courts, including the Supreme Court.

The tamper-proof technological soundness of the EVM has been endorsed by a technical experts subcommittee appointed at the initiative of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms in 1990, it added.

The statement came after Advani said that the country should revert to the ballot paper because the EVMs were not tamper-proof.

Advani told The Sunday Express that ballot papers should be reintroduced in the state assembly elections scheduled later this year unless the Election Commission is able to ensure foolproof functioning of EVMs.

The commission said it "will consider all the points raised and apprehensions expressed recently by various political leaders and individuals regarding EVMs and take all necessary measures to clear doubts about EVM elections in the country".

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