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Absolutely robust and tamper-proof says EC on EVMs

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New Delhi, Nov 10: Against the backdrop of some leaders questioning the reliability of EVMs, the Election Commission (EC) asserted on Tuesday that the machines are "absolutely robust and tamper-free".

After the ruling NDA took a lead over the opposition Grand Alliance in the poll trends for Bihar on Tuesday, Congress leader Udit Raj raised questions on the reliability of EVMs, asking why the machines cannot be hacked if satellites can be controlled from the earth.

Absolutely robust and tamper-proof says EC on EVMs

But another Congress leader, Karti Chidambaram, said the electronic voting machine (EVM) system is robust, accurate and dependable.

Bihar: Less than 25% votes counted, counting to continue till late evening, says ECBihar: Less than 25% votes counted, counting to continue till late evening, says EC

"This has always been my view. I stand by it. There have been doubters of the EVM from across political parties, particularly when the results don't go in their favour. Till now no one has demonstrated scientifically their claims. Whatever be the outcome of any election, it's time to stop blaming the EVM. In my experience, the EVM system is robust, accurate and dependable," he tweeted.

Responding to a question on doubts being raised by some politicians, Deputy Election Commissioner in-charge of EVMs Sudip Jain told reporters here that the machines are absolutely robust and tamper-proof.

"It has been clarified time and again that EVMs are absolutely robust and tamper-proof. Even the Supreme Court has upheld their integrity more than once," he said.

Jain recalled that in 2017, the commission had offered an "EVM challenge" to political parties.

"The integrity of EVMs is absolutely without any doubts and merits no other clarification," he said.

Udit Raj asked if Donald Trump could have lost in the US presidential polls had EVMs been used.

BJP holds 19.7% of vote share in Bihar as per current trendsBJP holds 19.7% of vote share in Bihar as per current trends

"If the direction of satellites to Mars and Moon can be controlled from the earth, then why can't EVM be hacked," he wrote on Twitter.

"If elections were held in America with EVMs, could Trump have lost," he asked.

    Bihar Poll Results: Counting still underway, who will sit on Bihar's throne|Oneindia News

    Udit Raj is the Congress party's national spokesperson. He is a former BJP MP from Delhi.

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