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VVPAT dispensing BJP slips in MP: EC asks for detailed report after alleged cover-up attempt

The Congress, as well as the Aam Aadmi Party, knocked on the doors of the election commission on Saturday making fresh allegations of EVM tampering.

The EC decided on this move against the backdrop of several claims made by some political parties that the machines were tampered with during the recent assembly polls. The last time the commission purchased EVMs en masse was in 2006, and these are nearing the end of their 15-year shelf life, the PTI report added.

"We have sought a detailed report from the district election officer and would come up with a response in the evening", a Commission spokesperson had said earlier.

H.S.Phoolka leader of opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha in a statement issued here said that the incident of default setting of an EVM linked with VVPAT to BJP symbol during trial for assembly by-poll of Bhind in Madhya Pradesh has vindicated the AAP allegations that EVM were tampered with by ruling party. This was related to the bypoll for the Ater Assembly constituency scheduled for April 9.

"There should be an inquiry after the electronic voting machine in Madhya Pradesh were only dispensing BJP slips", Akhilesh Yadav tweeted. The parties alleged the that during the testing of VVPAT machines dispensed only the BJP slips, no matter what button you pressed.

A computer scientist who specialises in information technology security said that testing a voting machine against a paper audit trail is likely to be a two-step process. The slip drops in a box and the voter can not take it home.

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The Congress had said that that the entire process should be re-examined thoroughly in the face of revelation about tampering of EVMs.

Party chief and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had urged the EC on Saturday to investigate cases of "faulty" EVMs and ascertain if their software can be tweaked "in favour of the BJP".

The "M3"-type electronic voting machines (EVMs) are also equipped with a self-diagnostic system for authentication of genuineness of the machines".

Madhya Pradesh chief electoral officer Singh insisted that the machines were not calibrated.

The AAP should introspect on the reasons for its defeat in Punjab instead of blaming EVMs, the Election Commission said today while making it clear that only a high court can order verification of votes cast in the polls with data of paper trail.

VVPAT is an independent verification system fitted to EVMs to allow voters to verify that their vote was cast correctly.

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