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Our EVMs are better than ones used abroad: EC tells SC

The Election Commission on Friday told the Supreme Court that its EVMs are fully tamper-proof and credible machines, which cannot be hacked.

Submitting its affidavit, EC director (Law), Vijay Kumar Pandey said that all PILs claiming that EVMs are faulty machines must be dismissed as there is no evidence of any such lapse.

The EC said that EVMs in India are better machines than the ones that are used in the US, Germany, Netherlands and Ireland. It pointed out that EVMs abroad rely on internet connectivity, while EVMs in India are standalone devices which work on a completely internal platform.

The EC added that no party came forward to assess the efficacy of these machines. Further, there has not been any evidence to prove that they have been hacked, it said.

It further stated that the EC will conduct the 2019 general elections with EVMs having voter verifiable paper audit trails (VVPAT).

More than 16 lakh VVPAT EVM machines will be procured through two PSUs by September 2018, it said.

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