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EVMs are tamper-proof: CEO Nagaland

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Kohima, February 28: Nagaland Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Abhijit Sinha, IAS on Thursday affirmed that EVM is tamper-proof, with not even radio frequency transmission or reception possible.
The software for EVMs is designed and approved by Technical Expert Committee (TEC) and never subcontracted while software validation is carried out as per the system requirement specifications (SRS) by an Independent Testing Group in order to prevent manipulation, said Singh.
He was speaking during the state level awareness workshop for media persons on Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT), Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) in view of forthcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019 here.
He said that the EVMs have dynamic coding of every key press for communication from Ballot Unit to Control Unit while it also has digital certificate based mutual authentication amongst all components.
Any movements of EVMs/VVPATs are mandatorily tracked through EVMs Tracking Software (ETS) so that no manipulation takes place, he said.
On the administrative safeguards, Sinha said that active participation of political parties, candidates is a must during all process of transporting the EVMs, while first level check is conducted in the presences of political party representatives.
He also said that EVMs are randomized twice using ETS – first is done from district to particular Assembly segment and than from Assembly segment to specific polling stations.
He also said that before the start of actual poll, mock poll with at least 50 votes in the presence of candidates and their agents is conducted and shown to the agents after which the mock poll data is erased.
He affirmed that all measures are ensured on poll day and after poll closure, the EVMs are kept in strong room in the presence of the candidates and observer.
Besides the security of EVMs, an electorate while casting vote can also check VVPAT machine, where a paper slip is generated bearing name and symbol of the candidate to whom the vote is casted.
Dwelling on certification of political advertisements during period of Election Code of Conduct, Joint Secretary to the Government of Nagaland, Sara S. Jamir said that all paid news or political advertisements for electronic media should be pre-certified by the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee.
“On poll day and one day before the polling, print media advertisement also need to be pre-certified,” she added. (Page News Service)

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