Upgrade to High Security EVMs or Go Back to Using Ballot Paper

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Dr. Nasim Zaidi
Chief Election Commissioner
Election Commission of India

Upgrade To High Security EVMs or Go Back to Using Ballot Paper

We have lost faith in EVMs. They can be easily hacked, pre-programmed, re-programmed & manipulated.

Please either upgrade EVMs to high security EVMs after putting them through rigorous testing by the best people in the IT industry, including ethical hackers, or go back to using ballot paper.

इलेक्ट्रॉनिक वोटिंग मशीन (ईवीएम) से हमारा भरोसा खत्म हो गया है, विश्वास उठ गया है। इन में बड़ी आसानी से छेड़छाड़ की जा सकती है।

An EVM can be hacked and its stored data can be modified. EVMs can also be pre-programmed to store data in a certain manner by assigning all the votes to one particular party/candidate. On the other hand, once a vote has been stamped on the ballot paper, it cannot be changed. There can only be some error in counting, which can be minimised or completely eliminated by recounting.

Important Links (only for reference and for creating more awareness on this issue):

  1. Among many others, there was news on 03-Apr-2014 about a faulty EVM which was assigning votes to one particular political party.
    ✔ बटन कोई भी दबाओ वोट बीजेपी के खाते में!
    (News: http://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/election-news/an-evm-that-votes-only-for-bjp-stuns-poll-staff-in-assam/election2014articleshow/33172521.cms )

  2. ✔ Tamper-proof? Scientists show EVMs can be hacked
    (News: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Tamper-proof-Scientists-show-EVMs-can-be-hacked/articleshow/5956051.cms )

  3. ✔ ईवीएम से छेड़छाड़, चुनाव आयोग तक पहुंचा मामला, जांच में निकला सही
    (News: http://epaper.jagran.com/ePaperArticle/22-may-2014-edition-Varanasi-City-page_3-30687-4891-45.html )

  4. ✔ UP official, son post photos with EVMs, booked
    (News: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/up-official-son-post-photos-with-evms-booked/ )

  5. India's EVMs are Vulnerable to Fraud
    ( Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlCOj1dElDY )

  6. India's EVMs are Vulnerable to Fraud
    ( Website: http://www.indiaevm.org/ )

  7. ✔ newsX: Man who showed 'EVM loopholes' held
    ( Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t61Vq3LC30M )

  8. Advani has doubts about EVM, wants ballot papers back

    "We should revert to ballot papers unless the Election Commission is able to ensure that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are foolproof and every possibility of their malfunctioning is taken care of," Advani told The Sunday Express in New Delhi on Saturday, 04 July, 2009.

    ( News: http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/advani-has-doubts-about-evm-wants-ballot-papers-back/485248/ )

  9. ✔ Subramanian Swamy on Electronic Voting Machine Tampering
    ( Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDnfJR8l5Os )

  10. ✔ Ten Reasons For Banning Indian EVMs
    http://kohram.in/ten-reasons-for-banning-indian-evms/ )

  11. Indian EVM
    ( http://www.indianevm.com/ )

  12. ✔ Why and How EVM - Electronic Voting Machine can be rigged easily and Solutions
    ( Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z-GWpfsASE )

  13. EVM मशीन में फर्जीवाड़ा आया सामने
    ( Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GASCpKGGcA8 )
    This shows how a pattern of voting by some people can manipulate & change the votes of a pre-programmed EVM.

  14. EVM Machines Were Tampered By BJP, Claims Mayawati
    ( Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cstmJdacT3E )
    BSP Chief Mayawati on Saturday, 11 March, 2017 blamed the Electronic Voter Machines (EVMs) for her party’s poor performance in the state of Uttar Pradesh.


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