AAP knocks EC's door over EVM tampering

NDTV quoted Kejriwal as saying, "He showed how easy it is to hack EVMs and it is being done on a massive scale".

The Election Commission has called an all-party meeting on May 12 to discuss the controversy surrounding the alleged tampering of Electronic Voting Machines.

The Aam Admi Party, which lost the assembly elections in Punjab, and later the municipal corporation elections in Delhi, also raised its voice on the issue. "The judgements in 30 of those cases have come and all 30 have been in favour of the EVMs being tamper proof", the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said.

Talking to media outside Constitution Club, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj said, "There was no clarity and the EC was in a denial mode over the credibility of the EVMs".

During the demonstration, Bharadwaj claimed that EVMs can be tampered with even after a mock test.

"All the future elections should be conducted only on VVPAT enabled machines". This could also be the forum where the poll panel announces the date of the EVM hackathon - the event where it says people will be thrown an open challenge to hack 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. The EC officials said they have received funds for VVPAT. "The EC said that 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". After the all party meeting we will make our strategy.

During the much-awaited meeting, the Commission is also likely to brief the parties about its planned EVM hacking challenge.

The BJP on Tuesday apprised the Election Commission of irregularities in the donation records of AAP and demanded the Delhi's ruling party be "derecognised".

Rubbishing the claim that the EVMs are tamper-proof, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said, in the affidavit submit by the Government in the Aadhaar case, it has mentioned that in today's world of technology, no machine is full proof which can not be tampered. "At least if we switch back to ballot paper there will be no apprehensions left", it added. The party on Tuesday had held a demonstration where it had attempted to show that EVMs could be rigged.

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.

Earlier in the day, the AAP today "demonstrated" ways to "rig EVMs" in the Delhi Assembly, which the BJP said was an attempt to divert attention from charges of "bribery" against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

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