EC set to convene all-party meet on EVM tampering

SansadTV Bureau

File photo of Chief Election Commissioner Naseem Zaidi. (PTI)

The Election Commission is likely to convene an all-party meeting in the capital on May 12 to discuss the issue of reliability of Electronic Voting Machines. The issue has been flagged by as many as 16 Opposition parties.

Sources said that the commission stated that efforts will be made in the meeting to convince the parties that the machines are reliable and tamper-proof.

“We will soon hold an all-party meeting in which they will be told how our EVMs are non-tamperable and secured as per our administrative and technical safeguard system,” Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi had told reporters in Chandigarh on April 29.

He was responding to questions about the allegations of EVM tampering levelled by various political parties. Recently 16 opposition parties had urged the Election Commission of India to revert to ballot system, claiming that the faith of the people in EVMs has been “eroded”.

The Commission has booked multiple venues in the national capital and the place would be finalised on the basis of participation of parties.

Sources say seven national parties and 49 state parties will be invited.

Allegations of EVM tampering or faulty EVMs came in after BJP won four out of the five states where Assembly polls were held early this year. In Uttar Pradesh, BJP won with a thumping majority and the allegations of EVM-tampering became louder.

In the recently held municipal polls in Delhi, the BJP fought a ten year anti-incumbency to retain control over the three crucial civic bodies of Delhi. AAP had alleged an ‘EVM-victory’, accusing BJP of tampering with the machines.

(With inputs from PTI)