SHILLONG, May 11: In light of what it has termed as the ‘so called’ demonstration of tampering of ‘look alike’ Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the Election Commission has pointed out that any ‘Magic’ and ‘Tampering’ can be made possible by anyone on electronic gadget which resemble the EVMs of the Election Commission of India.
‘Very simply put, any ‘look-alike’ machine is just a different gadget, which is manifestly designed and made to function in a ‘tampered’ manner and has no relevance, incidence or bearing on the Commission’s EVMs,’ a release issued by the Election Commission on Thursday read.
The Election Commission has also pointed out that it is common sense that gadgets other than ECI EVMs can be programmed to perform in a pre-determined way, but it simply cannot be implied that ECI EVMs will behave in the same manner because the ECI EVMs are Technically Secured and function under an elaborate Administrative and Security Protocol.
‘Such so called demonstration on extraneous and duplicate gadgets which are not owned by the ECI cannot be exploited to influence our Intelligent Citizens & Electorate to assail or vilify the EVMs used by the Commission in its electoral process,’ the Election Commission added.
It was also informed that the ECI has scheduled an All Political Parties meeting on May 12, 2017 for EVM issues and other Electoral Reforms.
It was also informed that the Status Paper on ECI EVMs is available on ECIs website: http://eci.nic.in/eci_main1/current/StatusPaperonEVM_09052017.pdf which gives details of Safety and Security Measures taken by ECI to make ECI EVMs non-tamperable.