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Our EVMs Better Than Ones Abroad, Election Commission Tells SC

Election Commission Director (Law) Vijay Kumar Pandey said all PILs claiming that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are faulty machines must be dismissed.

Utkarsh Anand | CNN-News18

Updated:August 4, 2017, 11:35 AM IST
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Our EVMs Better Than Ones Abroad, Election Commission Tells SC
The EC said EVMs in India are better than the ones used in the US (Photo: Reuters)
New Delhi: The Election Commission has told the Supreme Court that its EVMs are fully tamper-proof and credible machines, which can’t be hacked.

Submitting its affidavit, EC Director (Law) Vijay Kumar Pandey said all PILs claiming that EVMs are faulty machines must be dismissed since there has not been even one evidence of such lapse.

The EC said EVMs in India are better machines than the electronic voting machines used in the US, Germany, the Netherlands and Ireland. It pointed out that EVMs in foreign countries rely on internet connectivity, whereas EVMs here are standalone devices which work on a completely internal platform.

Referring to a recent open challenge by the commission to all political parties to test EVMs, the EC said no party came forward to assess the efficacy of these machines. Further, there has not been any evidence to suggest EVMs can be hacked, it said.

The commission added the EVMs are regularly tested and such an exercise is a must before they are employed in an election.

It added that the EC will conduct the 2019 General Elections with EVMs having voter verifiable paper audit trails (VVPAT).

More than 16 lakh VVPAT EVM machines will be procured through two PSUs by September 2018, it said.

Later in the day, the Supreme Court will take up a bunch of petitions that have raised doubts over credibility of EVMs.
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