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EVM tampering possible? EC to hold live demo today in New Delhi

Move follows allegations of EVM tampering in assembly elections by several opposition parties


Police stop AAP workers protesting over alleged tampering of EVMs outside the office of Election Commission of India in New Delhi on Thursday. (Photo: PTI)
The AAP had welcomed the poll panel's announcement of holding an EVM challenge but insisted on the 'hackathon'.

The will on Saturday hold a demonstration on the working of and 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

As per an announcement, the live demonstration of the functioning of the and will be followed by a press conference.

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 were, or could be, tampered with.

It had also announced that all future elections will be held using VVPAT (Voter-verifiable paper audit trail).

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said that the live demo of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPATs) by the of (ECI) will ensure credibility and the authenticity of the voting machine will be retained.

"It is Election Commission's duty to convince every citizens and every political party about the credibility of the EVM. It is between the and the parties who are crying foul needlessly. I am sure that the will ensure credibility and the authenticity of the will be retained," BJP leader S. Prakash told ANI.

He said that certain parties were creating huge ruckus against EVM hacking to cover up their own lapses in winning over the mandate of the people and the Election Commission's demo will remove their doubt.

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 at the all-party meeting.

The 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.