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Friday , 18 August 2017
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EC does not favor any specific party, says CEC Nasim Zaidi

At the all-party meeting that was called today by the Election Commission to clear doubts related to EVM tampering, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi said that the EC does not favor any specific party. This was part of his opening statement at the all-party meeting. He also said that the EC will soon provide a platform to political parties to prove that EVMs were tampered with in the recent elections. Further, Zaidi assured all those present at the meeting that all future elections will be conducted using Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines. These machines dispense a paper slip that has the name of the candidate/party for which the voter has cast their vote. This acts as evidence that the voting machine has not been tampered with. The EC has already received the funds for purchasing the VVPATs and they will be used from 2019 onwards.

The all-party meeting was attended by 7 national parties and 35 state-recognized parties. Apart from EVMs, other issues were also discussed such as corporate funding during elections. Feedback was also taken from political parties about the proposed hackathon, where representatives from political parties would be invited to hack the EVMs and prove that they can be tampered with.

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