EVM tampering row: Delhi BJP to lodge complaint with EC against AAP

Cheryl Sanders
May 20, 2017

Claiming that electronic voting machines (EVMs) can be tampered with "in several ways", two activists today challenged the Election Commission (EC) to prove the reliability of the machines in the presence of global experts.

The party will approach the Commission tomorrow seeking access to electronic voting machines (EVMs) that were used in the recently held Assembly polls.

"(EVM tampering) is unsafe for democracy and the country. "The EC can give us its machines, we will show how to hack it in 90 seconds by merely changing its motherboard", Kejriwal told reporters outside the assembly.

"There are secret codes that can be used to decide on the day of voting which candidate can win", Bharadwaj said.

The Election Commission (EC) has invited leaders of seven national parties and 48 recognised state parties to the meeting to be held at the Constitution Club on Friday. The EC said that VVPAT-enabled EVMs will be implemented by 2019.

The EC rejected AAP's EVM tampering claim, saying the "look-alike" gadget demonstrated in the assembly was not its machine. "The votes are marked for a particular party via set codes, while in case of the tampering, the codes are manipulated with a particular party's code".

"The Commission, in its response, said we used a dummy and not an actual machine in yesterday's [Tuesday] demonstration".

Kejriwal reportedly even questioned the independence of two Election Commissioners AK Joti and OP Rawat.

Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Brinda Karat said the party supports use of paper trail system in each and every election.

Outside the assembly, Kejriwal dared the Election Commission.

"AAP brought the truth in public by showing how EVMs can be hacked". "We are not questioning the IAS, IPS or paramilitary forces who guard the EVMs, but the engineers who go in to service these machines", said Bhardwaj.

The resolution also called for tallying of votes polled in 25 per cent randomly-selected booths with the paper trail generated by VVPAT machines.

The representatives from parties like RJD, CPI (M), Trinamool Congress and technocrats had witnessed the "live demonstration" by Saurabh Bhardwaj, who has a B.Tech degree. The Election Commission, during the meeting with 42 political parties on the issue of EVM hacking, reportedly said no such term as Hackathon exists.

"Such so-called demonstration on extraneous and duplicate gadgets which are not owned by the EC can not be exploited to influence our intelligent citizens and electorate to assail or vilify the EVMs used by the Commission in its electoral process", it said.

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