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Not possible to hack EVMs, says former CEC Naveen Chawla

punjab Updated: May 20, 2017 12:42 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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AAP legislator Saurabh Bhardwaj conducted a mock poll with the EVM replica in Delhi assembly on May 9.(AP File Photo)

Former chief election commissioner Naveen Chawla has ruled out the possibility of hacking Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), saying that rigging of elections, even at a small scale, was not possible.

Speaking at the Shoolini University in Solan district on Friday evening, he said hundreds of elections have been conducted with the EVMs, without any complaint.

While rejecting the claim of the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi assembly, he said no one has so far proved that the EVMs can be tampered with. The machine allegedly ‘hacked’ by the party did not appear to be a genuine one, he said.

He pointed out that BJP leader Subramanian Swami had also alleged tampering of EVMs in 2009. He and his supporters were given 100 machines to check but he could not prove it.

Chawla also exhorted the students to go out and vote and become a part of the nation’s building process.

First Published: May 20, 2017 12:37 IST