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EC rejects AAP demand for permission to tamper with EVM motherboard

EC said the EVM would lose its originality if changes are made to its internal circuitry

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The Commission on Thursday rejected the demand of the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) to allow it to tamper with the motherboard of the electronic voting machines during the EVM challenge.

The EC said the EVM would lose its originality if changes are made to its internal circuitry.

The had yesterday asked the Commission not to have any set guidelines for the EVM challenge as a person planning to hack the machine would not go by the rules set by the poll panel.

The poll watchdog also said the demonstration held inside the assembly to prove that the machines can be hacked was carried out on a "look alike" EVM and not on the one used by the Commission.

"Such so called demonstration on extraneous and duplicate gadgets, which are not owned by the EC cannot be misused and exploited to mislead and influence our intelligent citizens to assail or vilify the EVMS used by the Commission," it told

Referring to the party's demand to allow it to tamper with the motherboard of the machine, the EC said "allowing any change of the motherboard or any internal circuit of the EVM is like saying that anyone should be permitted to manufacture a new machine and introduce newly made EVMs in EC system, which is implausible and irrational".

The proposed challenge is on June 3 for which 7 and 48 regional parties recognised by the EC have been invited.

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