The Election Commission has not yet received any credible proof of tampering in EVMs till now, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi was quoted as saying by NDTV today. Reiterating his earlier statements, Zaidi said that these machines can’t be tampered with. “Can say with confidence they are non-tamperable” Nazim Zaidi was quoted as saying by the channel.
On VVPAT, the chief election commissioner said that the Centre has released funds for production of the same. “There would be 100 percent production of VVPAT, which will be available on all polling centres,” the channel further quoted him as saying.
Earlier, in its attempt to prove that EVMs can’t be tampered with, the election commission threw an open challenge to all national and regional political parties from June 3. It also asked political parties to confirm their interest by 5 pm on May 26, an Indian Express report said. With this process, the commission would be able to restore confidence in the mind of voters, Zaidi had said “We are holding challenge not to win or lose but to strengthen our processes,” he was quoted as saying Indian Express.
Zaidi, while pointing out that all stakeholders and citizens of India are responsible for improving election process in the country, the chief election commission had said that replacement of internal circuit of EVMs was impossible as they have strong technological features and are tamper-proof.
“The Election Commission would like to assure the citizens of the country that the commission won’t leave any stone unturned to maintain the credibility and integrity of the election process. We want all citizens and stakeholders to be aware of our electoral processes so that the commission can further strengthen the conduct of free and fair elections in the country,” the CEC was quoted as saying by the paper.