Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

AAP MLA demonstrates EVM hacking in Delhi Assembly

AAP MLA demonstrates EVM hacking in Delhi Assembly

The AAP, which has been leading the opposition charge on this issue, claimed that its proposal of holding a "hackathon" has been "rejected" by the Commission.

The BJP too harshly criticised AAP over its "live demonstration" of EVM manipulation calling it "deception" aimed at diverting attention from corruption allegations made against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by Kapil Mishra. 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 & Electorate to assail or vilify the EVMs used by the Commission in its electoral process. However, there was no official word from the EC on Sisodia's claims so far.

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". The meeting saw a debate over the definition of "hacking". "We will demand that the machines that were used be provided to us".

The proposal involves getting 16,15,000 VVPAT units for EVMs at a cost of around Rs 3,173.47 crore for use in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Bharadwaj undertook a small voting procedure by giving two votes each to every party (AAP, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), BJP, Indian National Congress (INC) and Samajwadi Party (SP)).

The only reason provided by the ECI is that elections are run under the strict security protocols which also protect the EVMs before, during and after the electoral process. "The commission has proposed that there should be a specific section enabling the commission to take appropriate action, including countermanding of elections", EC agenda note says.

The commission will decide on the date at an allparty meet on May 12. Are the allegations of opposition political parties false?

During the day-long special sitting of the House, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj put on a "live demonstration" on how electronic voting machines can be programmed to favour any political party. The party had used an EVM prototype to make the demonstration.

The demonstrators, who included several AAP legislators, raised slogans against the poll panel and carried placards calling for an end to alleged tampering of the electronic voting machines.

Some parties have demanded that the commission should go back to using paper ballots.

The AAP workers led by Delhi Minister Gopal Rai staged a dharna outside the EC office on the busy Ashoka Road, blocking traffic in the morning demanding that voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT)- equipped EVMs to be used in future elections.

The Election Commission, which has called an all-party meeting on EVMs, dismissed Bharadwaj's assertions.

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