Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in India – Easy to Manipulate?
I happened to see this study by Hari Prasad, Dr J Alex Halderman and Rop Gonggrijp that tells us our electronic voting machines used in
can be easily manipulated. They have put out a 6.5 minutes video of how to manipulate the EVM’s. India
Read below what one of the authors Dr Halderman has to say
I've studied electronic voting machines for years, but I've never had such a strong sense that actual fraud might be taking place. There have been dozens of reports from around
that politicians have been approached by engineers offering to manipulate the machines to steal votes. My Indian coauthor, Hari Prasad, was himself approached by a prominent party and asked to help them with such manipulations! It's just too easy, thanks to the simple design of the machines and the lack of adequate safeguards, and there are probably a million people in India with the necessary electronics skills. India
I feel there is some truth in the claims made by them. I followed the 2009 Lok Sabha elections very closely and I still cannot comprehend how ruling party won in Tamil Nadu. Every poll and public opinion was against the ruling party but when the results came, they swept the polls. Now when I read the above findings of how easy it is to manipulate the EVMs, there is a great chance that elections may have be manipulated.
I think Indian government should be looking into these allegations seriously. If there is some truth to the claims by these scholars, it put a big question mark on the very concept of democracy, the pillar on which
is build. What do you guys think? India