The machines might malfunction occasionally, as does the equipment used for other purposes, but it cannot be tampered with, Arora said.
On the issue of seat-sharing with the Shiv Sena for the year-end polls, Devendra Fadnavis said talks will conclude soon.
Addressing a convention of NCP workers marking the 20th anniversary of the party, Pawar said it needed to be figured out what exactly transpired after a voter pressed the button against the name of a party candidate of his choice and it got reflected on the VVPAT.
Rao had earlier tweeted "Glaring mismatch in EVM machines figures and Election Commission of India doesnt seem to have any answers. In a democracy, transparency in the electoral process is of paramount importance. ECI needs to clarify quickly and clearly."
Defending EVMs over allegations of tampering levelled by opposition parties during the recently-concluded general elections, BEL CMD M V Gowtama told reporters here that the "storm" created by political parties before the polls has died down.
At the BJP-led ruling alliance meeting, which was attended by 36 parties, a resolution was passed, terming the 2019 general election decisive for the country and pledging to make India "strong, developed, prosperous and inclusive" by 2022, when India completes 75 years of its independence, party leader and Union minister Rajnath Singh told reporters.
Confabulating with Gowda for over an hour here late Tuesday night after a meeting of opposition parties in New Delhi on the EVM issue earlier in the day, Naidu said 23 parties were raising the issue and demanding transparency and accountability.
Referring to the allegations and complaints, the commission said it would like to "emphatically and unambiguously" clarify that all such reports and allegations are "absolutely false and factually incorrect."
Ranbir Singh said the EVM is "robust by design" and there is no way the machine can be tampered with.
Party spokesperson Rajeev Shukla also said it was the EC's responsibility to ensure that polls were held in a fair and unbiased manner.
In almost every election in the recent past there have been complaints and question marks on the impartiality of the ECI. If these were murmurs earlier, during this election the voices are reaching a crescendo.
Among early voters in the state capital included Home Minister Singh, BSP supremo Mayawati, Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma and DGP OP Singh.
By being stubborn in its refusal to subject the EVM to a fair test of its frailties the ECI is allowing unnecessary speculation to build, among not just the political class but also the public.
The party said the EC should take all the necessary measures to secure the EVMs with proper safety protocol.
Modi, while addressing a rally in Jharkhand's Lohardaga, said the Congress-led opposition, which has been "hurling abuse" at him, was now talking ill of the EVMs after realising the "trend" of three rounds of voting in the general election, "just like a child who makes excuses to justify his under performance in exams".
Several opposition parties have raised doubts over the credibility and efficacy of EVMs and claimed that they can be tampered with and manipulated.
Polling in the third phase of Lok Sabha polls is underway in 10 seats in Uttar Pradesh.
Akhilesh ,who arrived here to file his nomination papers, said he has been apprised about EVM malfunction in Bulandshahr and some other places.
He said the electronic voting machines (EVMs) are not tamper-proof and Voter Verified Paper Trail (VVPATs) machines are not without their flaws either, he said adding that the Congress will bring back ballot paper if voted to power.
The seven-phase Lok Sabha polls began on Thursday with an estimated 9 crore people coming out to vote for electing 91 parliamentarians in the first phase of over-a-month-long polling exercise.
With a high number of 185 candidates, including 178 farmers, in the contest, the Election Commission used 12 EVMs in each booth in the constituency.
In many places electronic voting machines (EVMs) had glitches resulting in some delay in polling, an official said.
After the deadline for withdrawal of nominations ended on Thursday, a total of 443 candidates remained in fray in Telangana, with Nizamabad topping the list at 185.
This implies the Election Commission has to respond to an RTI application seeking the EVM either by providing it or refusing it under exemption clauses in the Act.
These machines would be deployed at the nearly 10.6 lakh polling stations across India in the next parliamentary elections.