AAP protests outside Election Commission over 'EVM tampering'

Cheryl Sanders
May 16, 2017

In the Delhi Assembly, they also demonstrated how easy it is to rig an EVM.

"I will show you how the machines on which the faith of democracy rests can be tampered with".

Interestingly, leaders of the Congress, the Trinamool Congress, the Janata Dal (United) and the Rastriya Janata Dal were present on the gallery of the House when Bhardwaj staged the demonstration. "All it takes to rig an EVM is changing the motherboard". All it takes is 90 seconds.

Disqualifying candidates named in a charge sheet for bribing voters, making electoral graft a non-bailable offence and easing of rules to order counting of votes through paper trail are some of the other issues Election Commission will discuss with political parties today. "Explains nothing. Similar case in Bhind and Dhaulpur".

"They informed the Election Commission that they received only Rs 6 crore donation in 2013-14", he alleged.

"Very simply put, any "look-alike" machine is just a different gadget, which is manifestly designed and made to function in a "tampered" manner and has no relevance, incidence or bearing on the Commission's EVMs", it said. Bhardwaj also said ECI must formally announce the dates of the hackathon too and added that AAP would participate in it to show how machines could be hacked.

He had claimed in an interview that the two ECs were close to the BJP governments in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh respectively.

During the special assembly session, the only BJP MLA Vijendra Gupta was marshalled out of the assembly because of creating ruckus. Gupta, however, protested and said the demonstration was only an attempt by the AAP to divert attention from its recent troubles.

Rai also said that AAP will stick to its viewpoint at the all-party meeting on EVMs called by the Election Commission on Friday.

The debate on EVM tampering began after the Assembly elections in five states. "There is no machine in the world which can not be hacked", he said.

Sibal's submission had assumed significance in the apex court as Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh categorically had said that he had no problem with the EVMs. "One, pre-2006 EVMs without security features are being used in Delhi".

"Why is it that all the technical defects in EVMs that have come to light recently, say in Bhind or Dholpur, favoured only the BJP?" The poll panel is today meeting the representatives of 55 political parties, 16 of which had urged it to return to ballot papers.

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