CHENNAI: Chief electoral officer (CEO) of Tamil Nadu Satyabrata Sahoo on Monday refuted the charges of political parties and candidates that the electronic voting machines (EVMs) that are kept in strongrooms were being hacked.
He said, “EVMs are like calculators and they cannot be hacked. Counting of postal votes would commence from 8.30am on May 2.”
“No one can hack the EVMs. We will also monitor vehicles stationed near the counting centres,” Sahoo said in response to questions on repeated complaints by the political parties and candidates that attempts were made to hack the EVMs.
DMK leader M K Stalin recently wrote to the chief election officer in this regard and also pointed out that the entry of unauthorised vehicles and persons into the premises of the strongrooms.
The EVMs used for the April 6 polls were kept safely under tight security cover, Sahoo confirmed.
“We will issue masks, hand gloves, and sanitisers during the counting,” he said.
For the first time, the commission would organise online classes for the government employees, including returning officers for the 234 constituencies and the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency, who are involved in counting of votes.