The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday demonstrated the working of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPATs) in the national capital. The poll watchdog held a press conference here at Vigyan Bhavan, where it briefed the media on the functionality of EVMs and how they have proved to be infallible.
Doubts have been cast on the functionality of EVMs but commission has duly examined the complaints, said Nasim Zaidi, Chief Election Commissioner.
Comparing EVMs used in India to other countries, CEC said: “EVMs used in India are far, far superior than EVMs used worldwide. EVMs used in Netherlands, Ireland and Germany are privately manufactured. They have no independent verification system. These countries lack end-to-end administrative and legal framework. They also lack auditability which we have introduced 100 per cent. Voting data which was stored in machine used in Netherlands was transferred using CDs. Our machines store the date internally and not transferred anywhere.”
“People who questioned reliability of EVMs have not yet submitted any proof or credible material to support their claim,” said Nasim Zaidi.
The Chief Election Commissioner stated that replacement of internal circuit of EVMs was not possible. “Our EVMs have strong technological features and are tamper-proof, ” he said.
“Replacement of internal circuit of EVMs is not possible. Our EVMs have strong technological features and are tamper- proof,” said Zaidi.
EVMs can be opened for visual inspection during Challenge 2, because this is allowed during first level check. However, machines can’t be opened during Challenge 1 because they’re kept in sealed state after polls, said CEC.
“These machines have a standalone printer. When any ballot button is pressed, a slip is generated carrying voter’s and candidate’s name,” Yadav told ANI.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) yesterday said that the live demo of EVMs and VVPATs by the ECI will ensure credibility and the authenticity of the voting machine will be retained.