Will consider matter if Uttarakhand HC order on EVMs violated: EC

The Uttarakhand High Court yesterday dismissed a petition challenging the constitutionality of the Election Commission's EVM challenge held today.

Published: 03rd June 2017 09:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd June 2017 09:09 PM   |  A+A-

Election Commission of India premises (File | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission (EC) today said in future if anyone "violates" the order of the Uttarakhand High Court on the constitutionality of the EVM challenge by indulging in its "unhealthy criticism", it will consider the matter and take a decision.

The Uttarakhand High Court yesterday dismissed a petition challenging the constitutionality of the Election Commission's EVM challenge held today saying there is no scope to doubt the fair working of electronic voting machines.

Responding to a question on attacks on the poll panel regarding the reliability of electronic voting machines, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said "in future if we come to know of any such issue where the HC order has been violated directly, we will consider it and take a decision".

He was addressing a press conference on the EVM challenge where he was asked about attacks on the poll panel by political parties.

While several parties have questioned the reliability of EVMs, the AAP had on occasions attacked the poll panel.

"It is the duty of the courts to preserve, promote, nurture and maintain independence of constitutional bodies and to insulate them from unhealthy criticism," a division bench of the court had said while rejecting a petition seeking a stay on the EVM challenge.

The HC had also said that the EVMs are "not hackable."

"There cannot be any manipulation at manufacturing stage. The results cannot be altered by activating a Trojan Horse through a sequence of key presses...There are checks and balances to ensure tamper-proofing of EVMs".

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp