Can't vilify EVMs by hacking a look-alike machine — EC to AAP

Kejriwal after he cast his vote

Two days ago, AAP had called a special session of Delhi Assembly and its MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj gave a "live demonstration" of tampering of EVMS using a "secret code".

The party, which claims that EVMs can be manipulated, also sought to drum up support for its campaign through a demonstration outside the EC headquarters, a day before a scheduled all-party meeting with the commission on the issue.

CEC also informed the political representatives that the Commission will hold a challenge and offer opportunity to political parties to demonstrate that EVMs used in the recently concluded Assemblies elections were tampered OR that EVMs can be tampered even under the laid down Technical & Administrative Safeguards. "The way controversies are cropping in connection with EVM tampering, this needs due attention", said Desai.

The EC officials made a detailed presentation on EVM security features, say reports.

The Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is an independent verification printer machine attached to EVMs. An expert panel in this committee, the party demanded, should be given access to the EVMs used in the recent elections to see if these can be hacked.

RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha said by harping on the infallibility of EVMs, the EC was acting as the custodian of just the "instruments" and not the process as a whole. Giving a step-by-step demonstration of how tampering is allegedly done, he said there are different codes to rig an EVM to favour a party based on its position in the panel.

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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.

Leaders of all National and State recognized Political Parties will participate and discuss the issues in the meeting.

His remarks come against the backdrop of Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal reportedly questioning the independence of two Election Commissioners A K Joti and O P Rawat. "We are not in favor of EVM that is what we are asking the introduction of ballot papers", Roy said.

The Congress on Thursday attacked AAP over its protest at the Election Commission against EVM tampering and said there was "no need of protest" in view of the all-party meeting scheduled on Friday. EVMs can be easily hacked by small engineers. However, the only way to secure these against manipulations is to have a paper trail system.

After leader of the opposition Vijender Gupta was marshalled out of the House, the lone BJP MLA present in the House Manjinder Singh Sirsa took serious objection to Bharadwaj's comments that Sirsa would have got elected because of EVM tampering in last month's by-poll to the Rajouri Garden seat.

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