Amid debate over whether EVMs can be tampered with, the Election Commission has announced to convene an all-party meeting on May 12.
"A meeting has been called on May 12 of all the political parties over the alleged charges of EVM tampering in the recent polls," official sources said.
The EC's meeting with all the parties comes in order to convince and assure them that the EVMs cannot be hacked.
The Opposition parties have rallied together to demand an audit of the EVMs, alleging the devices can be easily manipulated.
Several opposition parties have raised concerns over the efficiency of the EVMs following the assembly elections in 5 states that concluded in March and demanded the commission revert to paper ballots.
Amid criticism and even scepticism from various quarters over the functioning of the electronic voting machines (EVMs), the Election Commission has also decided to hold an open hackathon for people to try and hack the voting machines in the last week of May.
The commission had announced a similar challenge in 2009 and claimed no one could hack its EVMs.
Last month, the poll panel had said it may invite experts, scientists, technocrats, and representatives of political parties to hack the machines, which it claims are tamper-proof. The Election Commission had announced a similar challenge in 2009 and no one could hack the EVMs.
Representatives of all recognised national and regional parties will be allowed to take part in the open challenge.
Under pressure from the Supreme Court, the centre last month cleared the release of 3,000 crores towards new voting machines that have the additional security feature of a printed receipt. VVPATs - verifiable voter paper audit trails - provide an instant confirmation of the vote cast through a slip of paper that is visible to the voter before it drops into a sealed box. The general election in 2019 will be run entirely with these VVPATs.
Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was the first one to complain against the EVMs and alleged that large-scale tampering of EVMs aided the Bharatiya Janata Party in its sweeping victory in Uttar Pradesh in March. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Samajwadi Party, as well as the Congress, had echoed those allegations.