"While the Commission completely rejects the contention regarding fallibility of the EVMs, it has now decided to go the extra distance by inviting all those who have expressed reservations about the machine to come and demonstrate the points made in their allegations," the EC said.
The Commission said the demonstration would be done from next week in the presence of a group of technical experts as well as engineers representing the EVM manufacturers.
The development comes against the backdrop of Supreme Court last week asking parties to approach the EC with their complaints. The apex court had made the observation while
declining to entertain a PIL questioning the functioning of EVMs.
The EC noted that similar petitions have been filed before the Madras High Court, the Bombay High Court and the High Court of Madhya Pradesh (Jabalpur bench) pertaining to the possibility of tampering of EVMs.
"The EC remains entirely satisfied that EVMs cannot be tampered with. These are fully tamper-proof," the EC said in its press note.
New Delhi: In the wake of objections by some political parties to the use of Electronic Voting Machines, the Election Commission on Saturday asked anti-EVM lobbyists to demonstrate before it how the machines could be tampered with.
First Published: Saturday, August 01, 2009, 18:43