New Delhi, May 20: Speaking at a press conference after the EVM demonstration, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi ruled out EVM tampering saying that the Indian EVMs cannot be tampered with due to strict security that is placed around it before and after the elections. With growing controversy over the reliability of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the Election Commission of India (ECI) today held a live demonstration of the EVMs and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPATs) that are attached to the machine to generate slips of the parties a voter has voted for. On Friday, May 19, the EC had announced that the live demonstration will be followed by a press conference.

“ECI is confident and has firm conviction about the integrity, non-tamperability and credibility of the EVMs. ECI-EVMs are not hackable; are stand-alone machines; not connected to internet or any network at any point of time during polling,” Zaidi said. “ECI-EVMs cannot be physically tampered with nor their components be changed without anyone noticing,” added Nasim Zaidi.

On May 12, the poll panel had said that it would offer an opportunity to the political parties to prove that EVMs used in the recently-held assembly polls could be tampered with or can be tampered even with laid down safeguards. After the result of the assembly elections in five states-Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab-were declared, Arvind Kejriwal and many other political parties had requested the poll panel to go back to holding the voting on paper ballots alleging that the EVMs can be tampered with.

A week after Aam Aadmi Party conducted a live demonstration on how EVMs can be tampered with, the election commission on Saturday will hold a live demonstration of EVMs and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPATs). AAP leader Saurabh Bhardwaj, who is a computer engineer by profession,  demonstrated how Electronic Voting Machine’s mother chip can be tampered with, on a dummy machine.