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Election Commission Rejects AAP's Demand To Tamper With EVM Motherboard During Challenge

"Implausible and irrational."

26/05/2017 9:22 AM IST | Updated 26/05/2017 9:22 AM IST
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NEW DELHI -- The Election Commission on Thursday rejected the demand of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to allow it to tamper with the motherboard of the electronic voting machines during the EVM challenge.

The EC said the EVM would lose its originality if changes are made to its internal circuitry.

The AAP had on Thursday asked the Commission not to have any set guidelines for the EVM challenge as a person planning to hack the machine would not go by the rules set by the poll panel.

Allowing any change of the motherboard or any internal circuit of the EVM is like giving permission to manufacture a new machine and introduce it in the EC system.Election Commission

The poll watchdog also said the demonstration held inside the Delhi assembly to prove that the machines can be hacked was carried out on a "look alike" EVM and not on the one used by the Election Commission.

"Such so called demonstration on extraneous and duplicate gadgets, which are not owned by the EC cannot be misused and exploited to mislead and influence our intelligent citizens to assail or vilify the EVMS used by the Commission," it told AAP.

Referring to the party's demand to allow it to tamper with the motherboard of the machine, the EC said "allowing any change of the motherboard or any internal circuit of the EVM is like saying that anyone should be permitted to manufacture a new machine and introduce newly made EVMs in EC system, which is implausible and irrational".

The proposed challenge is on June 3 for which 7 national and 48 regional parties recognised by the EC have been invited.

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