The Election Commission (EC) on Friday told the Supreme Court that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are tamper-proof and credible machines and they can’t be hacked.
The EC submitted an affidavit to the top court and said all PILs claiming that EVMs are faulty machines must be dismissed.
Saying that the EVMs being used in India are better than the ones being used in the US, Germany, the Netherlands and Ireland, the EC said that EVMs in foreign countries rely on internet connectivity, whereas EVMs in India are standalone devices which work on a completely internal platform.
The EC further said that the EVMs are regularly tested and such exercise is a must before they are used in polls.
The EC will conduct the 2019 general elections with EVMs having the voter verifiable paper audit trails (VVPAT) feature.
According to reports, more than 16 lakh VVPAT EVMs will be procured through two PSUs by September 2018.
As per reports, the top court, later in the day, will hear a plea filed by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma, seeking a thorough investigation by US-based scientists into the ‘tampering’ of the EVMs. In his petition, Sharma claimed that in the April Assembly elections of five states, the EVMs were allegedly tampered with.
(With inputs from agencies)