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EC to call all-party meeting on EVM issue soon: CEC Zaidi

india Updated: Apr 29, 2017 17:35 IST
Press Trust of India
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Chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi (HT File Photo)

The Election Commission will soon call a meeting of all political parties to assure them that the electronic voting machines (EVMs) are tamper-proof and secured.

Announcing this at a press conference here on Saturday, chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi said that the commission intends to use voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) in all coming elections to bring in more transparency and boost public confidence in the poll process.

“We will soon hold an all-party meeting in which they will be told how our EVMs are can’t be tampered with and are secured as per our administrative and technical safeguard system,” Zaidi said.

He was responding to questions about allegations levelled by political parties against EVMs.

Recently, 16 opposition parties urged the EC to revert to the ballot system, claiming the faith of the people in EVMs had been “eroded”.

Zaidi said that the EC is planning to “hold a challenge” for which a time-frame is being worked out.

The electoral body is planning to throw an open challenge, asking anyone to try hacking its EVMs to dispel doubts of any misuse, it is learnt.

Zaidi said that the EC had placed an order for the supply of VVPAT machines. “For VVPAT, we have got all the funds. We have placed an order for the supply of 15 lakh VVPAT with two PSUs, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Electronic Corporation of India (ECI),” he said.

It is expected that by September 2018, 15 lakh VVPAT machines will be ready.

First Published: Apr 29, 2017 17:30 IST