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The Election Commission will on Saturday hold a demonstration on the working of EVMs and VVPATs to allay fears that these can be tampered with in favour of a particular candidate or party. It will also announce dates for a EVM-hacking challenge in the wake of opposition concerns over the reliability of EVMs.
The poll panel had announced after an all-party meeting on May 12 that it will hold the challenge to let opposition political parties prove their contention that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) used in the February-March assembly elections were, or could be, tampered with.
It had also announced that all future elections will be held using VVPAT (Voter-verifiable paper audit trail).
A VVPAT slip allows a voter to verify if his vote has been rightly recorded by the EVM.
Several opposition politicians had alleged EVM-tampering in assembly polls but the commission ruled out such a possibility.
Representatives of the Bahujan Samaj Party, Congress, Aam Admi Party, and Trinamool Congress had raised concerns over EVMs at the all-party meeting.
The AAP had welcomed the poll panel's announcement of holding an EVM challenge but insisted on the 'hackathon'. The party said given a chance, it can prove that the machines can be hacked.
The Trinamool Congress had demanded a return to paper balloting in the country.