EC to host EVM demo tomorrow to end 'tampering' controversy

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Before announcing the dates and modalities of the hack challenge, the commission will hold a almost two-hour long demo of its EVM machines in the national capital, the poll body said in a statement here.

The Election Commission of India on May 12 during the meeting with 42 political parties on the issue of EVM tampering, reportedly said no such terms as Hackathon exists and rejected the demand of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of holding the EVM hacking challenge. At the EVM challenge event, the parties, which have alleged that the EVMs used during the recent Assembly elections were tampered with, will be invited to prove the allegations.

He said parties can try and prove that EVMs can be tampered with even under strict technical and administrative safeguards as applicable during elections. The party, along with the BSP, Trinamool, SP and the Congress, have claimed that EVMs had been tampered with in the recently concluded state Assembly elections.

In 2009, the commission had held out a similar challenge when it demonstrated the functioning of EVMs brought in from various parts of the country to Vigyan Bhavan here.

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Over the last 23 years, the commission has successfully conducted 107 Assembly and three Lok Sabha elections using EVMs, officials told the panel.

At the all-party meet, most of the parties said future elections should be held using EVMs provided they are attached to paper trail machines.

A demonstration of EVMs and paper trail machines has also been organised by the Commission before the press conference planned tomorrow afternoon.

Sixteen opposition parties had approached the Election Commission urging the poll body to the paper ballot system.

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