Election Commission says its EVMs are 'foolproof', mulls legal action against US-based cyber expert who raised hacking allegation

Amid claims by an Indian cyber expert that electronic voting machines (EVMs) can be hacked, the Election Commission asserted on Monday that it firmly stands by 'empirical facts about foolproof nature' of its machines, and said it is examining as to what legal action 'can and should' be taken in the matter.

Press Trust of India January 22, 2019 08:51:05 IST
Election Commission says its EVMs are 'foolproof', mulls legal action against US-based cyber expert who raised hacking allegation
  • The Indian cyber expert, Syed Suja, seeking political asylum in the US, claimed that the 2014 elections were

  • The Election Commission said it firmly stands by the

  • The poll panel is looking into 'what legal action can and should be taken in the matter'.

New Delhi: Amid claims by an Indian cyber expert that electronic voting machines (EVMs) can be hacked, the Election Commission asserted on Monday that it firmly stands by "empirical facts about foolproof nature" of its machines, and said it is examining as to what legal action "can and should" be taken in the matter.

The Indian cyber expert, seeking political asylum in the US, claimed Monday that the 2014 general election was "rigged" through EVMs, which, he said, can be hacked.

Addressing a press conference in London via Skype, the man, identified as Syed Suja, said he fled India in 2014 because he felt threatened in the country after the killing of some of his team members.

Election Commission says its EVMs are foolproof mulls legal action against USbased cyber expert who raised hacking allegation

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In a statement issued in Delhi, the poll panel said while it is "wary of becoming a party to this motivated slugfest", it firmly stands by the "empirical facts about foolproof nature of ECI EVMs" used in elections in India.

"It is being separately examined as to what legal action can and should be taken in the matter," the EC statement said without elaborating against whom the action was being contemplated — the person or the organiser of the event.

The commission reiterated that the EVMs used by it are manufactured by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) under "very strict" supervisory and security conditions.

It said there are rigorous standard operating procedures "meticulously observed" at all stages under the supervision of a committee of eminent technical experts constituted in 2010.

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