EC rejects AAP demand for permission to tamper with EVM motherboard during challenge.

Date of posting : 26 May 2017

The Election Commission has turned down AAP's demand for allowing change or tampering of EVM motherboard during the ensuing 'EVM challenge', saying that changing the motherboard or internal circuitry of the machine was like changing the whole device itself.

It is the considered view of the Commission that allowing any change of the motherboard or any internal circuit etc of the EVM is like saying that anyone should be permitted to manufacture a new machine and introduce newly made EVMs in ECI system, which is implausible and irrational...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," EC said in a letter sent to AAP on Thursday.

EC was responding to a communication received from AAP on May 24, urging the poll panel to reconsider the terms of the EVM challenge. The party had asked EC to allow the challenge to be an 'open hackathon' where tampering of any kind can be demonstrated, while recalling how MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj had shown in the Delhi assembly that tampering of EVM was possible.

"Such a scenario is completely ruled out within our administrative safeguards and stringent security protocols and that's why it is not proposed in the ensuing EVM challenge," said the Commission.

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