The election commission (EC) on Thursday announced that electronic voting machines are 100% tamper proof, and there’s no mechanism that once voting is over and machines are sealed, the database in these machines could be altered.
A team of officials from Elections Commission of India, including director general information technology (IT) Sudeep Jain, consultant Vipin Kataria and technical committee chairman Prof Dinesh Sharma gave a presentation on working of EVMs to representatives of different political parties in Chandigarh on Thursday.
“EVMs are in use since 1998 and not a single case of tampering has been reported. There may be unfounded allegations, but they were never proved. Also, the software used in these machines is such that there’s no scope that the voting pattern can be altered. This is our open challenge for anyone to prove us wrong,” said Jain.
“There may be breakdown of a part in the machine due to some mechanical fault and even if the machine breaks down, it can be changed and the data stored in it can be retrieved,” he added.
In the presentation, the political parties were informed that each machine goes through stringent tests and there’s three layered seals put on the machines after different stages of the tests.
“These seals called the ‘pink seals’ are printed from Nasik Security Press and each have a unique number,” Jain said.
He said voters verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines that generate receipts of each vote cast by the voters on the screen of the machine will add to the transparency of the voting process.
There are 67,000 VVPAT machines in the country and during the forthcoming polls in five states, the machines
will be distributed proportionately on the basis of number of polling stations. Punjab is expected to get 2,112 VVPAT machines.
Speaking on the occasion, Punjab’s chief electoral officer (CEO) VK Singh said in Punjab, these machines will be installed in the district headquarters so that in case some discrepancy crops up in any of them, it can be replaced.