AAP demonstrates EVM 'tampering', EC trashes it

Raquel Nash
May 10, 2017

The AAP has been vocal in alleging that EVMs were tampered with in the assembly elections in Punjab and the civic polls in Delhi, both of which it lost. With this code, anyone can change the result of votes for that particular machines.

"I have an experience of 10 years in technology and engineering, and I had quit in 2013", the AAP MLA said at the begning of his "tampering master demonstration". "Votes will go to a candidate in whose favour it has been rigged no matter which button you press", he said.

Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti said the tampering of EVMs was "the biggest fraud on democracy", adding that the Delhi State Election Commission could have postponed the municipal polls in order to implement voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT), but chose not to.

The Election Commission, however, rejected the claim of the Aam Aadmi Party that its EVMs can be tampered with, saying the machine hacked in the Delhi assembly was a "look-alike" gadget and not the actual equipment used by it.

Aam Aadmi Party MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj on Tuesday demonstrated EVM tampering process in the Delhi assembly. "How can they say they have hacked an EVM using a prototype?" asked an Election Commission official. He did not name the BJP but provided enough hints to insinuate that it was the beneficiary.

Kejriwal has repeatedly claimed that the AAP's poll debacles have something to do with tampering of EVMs.

Neither Bharadwaj nor the Chief Minister who was present during the entire debate or any other AAP member spoke on the bribery charges.

"In the assembly, AAP MLAs are mocking at democracy - another stunt to divert public attention from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's corruption", the Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said in a statement here.

Using the analogy of cricket match-fixing, the AAP MLA said people earlier would not believe this can be done but they had to believe eventually.

"All it takes to rig an EVM is to change the motherboard".

The Election Commission, which has called an all-party meeting on EVMs, dismissed Bharadwaj's assertions. It is unsafe for democracy and the country.

She had pointed to the BJP's vote share in Muslim majority areas to substantiate her argument that that it would not have been possible for the saffron party to get that many votes in those areas, if not for EVM fraud.

The session began amidst high drama when opposition leader Vijender Gupta of the BJP was marshalled out after he created a ruckus raising corruption allegations against Kejriwal.

The AAP's attempt to whip up the issue comes at a time the party is in the eye of a political firestorm over its sacked minister Kapil Mishra's allegations of corruption against Kejriwal and minister Satyendar Jain.

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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