According to the information provided under the RTI, at least 70 cases of theft of EVM in three states Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh during elections has been registered. This whole matter has once again fueled questions about the security of electronic voting machines (EVMs).
The trainer handed over the EVMs to another person and went for lunch, during a training program. After he returned, he found the machine missing.
As per reported by The Times Of India, Speaking to ET, Election Commission’s deputy commissioner, Sudeep Jain, said, “The referred cases (except Gujarat) are cases of loot during the election from polling stations and not thefts. EVMs were looted from the polling booths by Naxalites/miscreants with a plausible ulterior motive to vitiate the election process.”
He further added: “These cases do not raise any doubt or cast any aspersion on the stringent administrative and security measures being followed for the safe custody, storage and use of EVMs/ VVPATs during the election, as well as non-election period.”
Activist Tehseen Poonawalla, who has filed several complaints on EVM malfunctioning in different states said that the Election Commission Of India has shifted their strategies and their statements many times. First, they said that EVMs just could not be hacked but when people accepted their challenge they again changed their context and stated EVMs cannot be reached.