We have full faith in Election Commission: BJP on EVM row

Speaking on the EVM controversy, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia said, "We have complained to the EC, district collectors and election representatives regarding EVM tampering".

The Delhi Chief Minister added that before the elections, the Election Commission conducts demo of 20-25 machines but if any machine is found to be defective, they just change that machine but don't order any inquiry.

Reiterating that the "integrity of electoral process is fully preserved", the EC stated: "The commission has put in place an elaborate technical and administrative system of safeguards to ensure error-free functioning of EVMs in elections".

The Election Commission on Saturday asked the Andhra Pradesh chief electoral officer to supervise by-elections in Madhya Pradesh after a controversy erupted over the malfunctioning of an electronic voting machine in the state.

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The minister said the Election Commission has made a decision to replace 9,30,430 EVMs purchased before 2006 in a phased manner before the General Election and simultaneous assembly polls in 2019.

VVPAT is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for.

Even the Voter Verifiable Paper Trail (VVPT) attached to Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) do not seem to be tamper-proof, if media reports and a video circulating on social media are any indication.

Soon after the results of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls were declared, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati alleged that the EVMs had been "managed" to favour the Bharatiya Janata Party. The trial on the EVMs were being conducted before the Ater bypolls in Madhya Pradesh. The slip drops in a box and the voter can not take it home.

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Congress general secretary Mohan Prakash said, "We have demanded that elections be held on ballot paper because every section has expressed doubts on EVMs". She was also seen laughing on the matter and warning the journalists that they would face police detention if they publish the report.

THE ELECTION Commission Sunday reacted strongly to questions raised by AAP on the reliability of electronic voting machines in the context of the Punjab assembly elections, asking the party to "introspect" instead on why it could not perform according to its expectations.

VVPAT is an independent verification system fitted to EVMs to allow voters to verify that their vote was cast correctly.

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