Reiterating the safety of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMS), Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi said today that no proof has been submitted by any of the parties that have claimed EVM tampering. He said that most parties that lost recent elections were blaming EVMs for their defeat, but none of them have come forward to submit any type of proof against EVM tampering. “People who questioned the reliability of EVMs haven’t yet submitted any proof or credible material to support their claim,” said Zaidi. He said that EVMs are standalone devices and they cannot be hacked through wireless or Bluetooth. Further, Zaidi said that these machines are designed to shut down if they are tampered with.
Zaidi also announced the date for the much-awaited EVM Hackathon, which will be launched on June 3. All national and state parties can register to take part in the EVM hackathon. However, the Election Commission has laid down some rules for the participants. For example, participants will not be allowed to remove parts and replace it with other components because in such a case, the machine will become an entirely different machine. The reasoning is that EVMs are kept in strong rooms, which can be verified by all political parties.