A after a US-based self-claimed cyber expert Syed Shuja alleged the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were “rigged” by manipulating the EVMs, The Election Commission on Tuesday reiterated it was not possible to communicate with its EVMs through wireless technology.
The EC also underlined that it was not possible to print on both sides of the voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) paper slips as the paper has thermal coating only on one side.
The EC said members of the Technical Experts Committee (TEC) — Prof D.T. Shahani from IIT-Delhi, Prof Rajat Moona from IIT-Bhilai and Prof D.K. Sharma from IIT-Bombay have “reconfirmed to the EC” that its EVMs are standalone machines and that “there is no mechanism” in the machines to “communicate with any device through wireless communication on any radio frequency”.
“In the context of Syed Shuja alleging about the two-side printing of VVPAT paper which allegedly retains lower tampered print, while the front side print, as verified by the voter, gets erased, the TEC clarified that VVPATs use thermal printers which can print only on one side of thermal paper,” the EC said in a statement.
“The paper rolls used in VVPATs have only one-sided thermal coating and hence can be printed only on one side. The VVPAT paper print lasts at least for five years,” it said.
Meanwhile, the EC has also lodged an FIR against Shuja in New Delhi.
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Shuja has claimed to have been a part of the team that designed EVMs used in India. He further alleged that his team members met “a BJP leader in 2014 who knew about this” and “they were killed in an attack”.
The Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL), however, has clarified Shuja was neither its regular employee nor associated with the team involved in designing and developing the EVMs.