AAP hacks EVM, but it is not a real EVM

Kapil Mishra

The party alleged that the Commission was in denial mode over the credibility of the voting machines.

"The first question is whether EVMs can be tampered".

The all-party meeting convened by the Election Commission of India (ECI) to discuss the reliability of EVMs - an issue flagged by opposition parties - today saw various reactions from different political parties. It has sent status paper on EVMs and VVPAT to all the seven national and 48 state political parties. "Let us see what is the outcome of this meeting", he added.

"So far there have been 37 cases in various courts regarding EVM tampering".

The Election Commission (EC) on Friday said that all future elections would be held on VVPAT-enabled Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

AAP lawmaker Saurabh Bharadwaj urged the Election Commission to form a panel of representatives of all political parties and experts from the poll panel to examine Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

AAP MLA and computer engineer Saurabh Bhardwaj carried out the demonstration, insisting that the BJP has been gaining due to EVM rigging.

"Such so called demonstration on extraneous and duplicate gadgets which are not owned by the ECI, 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. He did not name the BJP but provided enough hints to insinuate that the Bharatiya Janata Party was the beneficiary.

CEC Nasim Zaidi however, did not give any date for the Hackathon, which he announced during a meeting with parties. He also claimed he was a "100% sure" that the EVMs had been botched up to prevent AAP from winning the Punjab Assembly elections earlier this year.

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Referring to suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Kapil Mishra's revelations against Kejriwal concerning the Rs. two crore row as well as the water tanker scam, Tiwari said, "Since the allegations are being made by an AAP leader, Kejriwal should resign from his post".

Meanwhile, PTI reported that the EC rejected the claim saying the machine hacked in the Delhi assembly was a "look-alike" gadget and not the actual equipment used by it.

The Congress, Trinamool Congress and several other parties have raised their concerns over EVMs.

He said EVMs do not enjoy their trust any more.

"In a democracy, unbiased approach of the Election Commission is very important". "The present rule is that if a candidate or his agent makes a request for counting the paper slips of any polling station, the returning officer decides whether to accept the request as per EC guidelines", a senior EC official said. "We are not in favor of EVM that is what we are asking the introduction of ballot papers", Roy said.

Through a live mock test, he then demonstrated how a large number of votes polled for AAP actually went to the BJP on the EVM used by him.

Vikas, a young AAP supporter, summed up the sentiment of the protest, as he observed, "Duniya mai kaunsa machine hack nahi kia ja sakta?" "Paper trail machines should be installed. So, every election from now on has to have VVPATs", Karat told IANS.

The machines with which Ankit "posed" and claimed them to be rewired, were held in authority by his father Awadhesh Kumar Srivastava, who was working as the divisional audit officer. Now the VVPAT will also be used in 2019 general elections.

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