BENGALURU: Bharat Electronics Ltd, the makers of Electronic voting machines (EVMs), in the present day mentioned its machines can’t be tampered with and are ‘protected’.
The firm additionally asserted that the machines are designed as per the specs accredited by the Election Commission of India and goes by rigorous verification course of.
“Our EVMs are independent machines not connected to any network, not connected to internet through which you can hack. They are simple calculators,” BEL CMD M V Gowtama informed reporters right here.
His remarks come amid allegations by some political events that the EVMs will be hacked.
After questions had been raised concerning the reliability of the machines, the Election Commission has introduced the EVM hacking problem for political events which is scheduled on June three between 10 am and a pair of pm at fee’s headquarters.
The NCP and the CPI-M are the one two events which have agreed to take part within the problem.
“In electronics you’ll be able to design the way in which by which you need, however what we have now designed is for the Indian election system, for the specification given by the Election Commission and verified by impartial technical professional committee and high quality verified by impartial authorities physique STQC (Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification),” Gowtama mentioned.
Pointing out that EVs goes by many administrative checks and subject degree assessments, the CMD, addressing the city-based firm’s annual press convention, mentioned “our machines cannot be tampered with.”
Responding to a query about some events demand for accessing the mom board of EVMs, Gowtama mentioned “They wish to design their very own EVM, the place by urgent one button vote will go to anyone else. Let them design and preserve of their home. I don’t have any points on that.”
“What we have now designed is as per the specs accredited by the Election Commission of India and it goes by so many verification processes. These machines are protected, and they’re those for taking democracy ahead on this nation. That a lot I can guarantee,” he added.
Stating that BEL needs to exports EVMs, Gowtama mentioned one-and-half 12 months again the corporate exported to Namibia to conduct basic elections which was profitable, and due to that many African nations had been trying to BEL’s EVMs.
He mentioned EVMs wanted to be customised from nation to nation based mostly on their electoral coverage requirement.
Following the controversy over EVMs, Election fee has determined that every one future elections will use the voter-verifiable paper audit path (VVPAT) to dispel doubts about votes forged.
Replying to a different query, Gowtama mentioned for VVPAT funds allotted was about Rs three,100 crore. BEL was required to provide about eight.5 lakh VVPAT machines by September 2018, and related variety of machines will even be equipped by Electronics Corporation of India Ltd.
Also stating that BEL has bought impartial orders for each EVM and VVPAT, he mentioned “…the choice of Election Commission now is- henceforth hundred p.c deployment of VVPAT shall be carried out in all election, so procurement of each must match.”
Bharat Electronics Ltd EVMs are protected, can't be tampered with: CMD by: Steve Melvin published: