SC seek EC's response on plea for software audit of EVM

SC seek EC's response on plea for software audit of EVM

The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Election Commission on a plea claiming the Electronic Voting Machine used during polls can be tampered with as its software was not being reviewed.

The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Election Commission on a plea claiming the Electronic Voting Machine used during polls can be tampered with as its software was not being reviewed.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna decided to examine in details a PIL filed by advocate Sunil Ahya.

Arguing for himself, the petitioner-advocate claimed that there was no independent software audit or review of the EVMs, particularly the source code which was the brain behind the machine.

This infringed upon the fundamental right of freedom of expression of the citizens, he said.

The petitioner sought directions for "to register a hash function of the source code of the EVMs, VVPAT and ETS with appropriate public authority, as part of software audit review process, which can then be used on an election day to confirm that the audited version of the software is being used."