Heaval Over EVMs In Delhi Assembly

Posted May 10, 2017

He maintained that the AAP candidate had lost its deposit in Rajouri Garden by-election where VVPAT was used. The resolution also exhorts the EC to give access to tech-enthusiasts from time to time so that the vulnerability of EVMs is tested by experts.

Earlier, the discussion was introduced by Chandni Chowk MLA Alka Lamba, who said the BJP had itself raised concerns over EVMs in 2009 when the Congress had won the Lok Sabha polls.

The official also questioned the way in which AAP staged a demonstration in the assembly just a day ahead of the meet.

He said once the polls close, EVMS are sealed, numbers are noted and EVMs are taken under security to the strongrooms where they are kept till the counting day. Even the use of the voter verifiable paper audit trail, which has been made mandatory for all future elections by the EC, has not been able to help in this, he claimed. It has sent status paper on EVMs and VVPAT to all the seven national and 48 state political parties.

He said Bharadwaj, an engineer, had shown how chip technology could be manipulated and how EVMs could be tampered with. "We only need to change the motherboard", CM Arvind Kejriwal said.

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.

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He did not name the BJP but provided enough hints to insinuate that the Bharatiya Janata Party was the beneficiary.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the AAP will participate in the "EVM Hackathon" to be oraganised by the poll panel later this month and will prove how an EVM can be tampered with. "An ordinary engineer like me with just 10-15 days of hard work can tamper with them to ensure that votes go only to one desired party or candidate", said Bhardwaj, who also told the Assembly that he had a B.Tech degree in computer science and that he had worked on microprocessors and micro-controllers.

"As voters cast their votes, they believe their vote goes to the right party", he said, adding that in reality, the vote can go to a different party if the EVM is tampered with.

"All doubts regarding EVM can be put before the ECI (Election Commission of India) on May 12", the former Union Minister said.

Congress Delhi Unit chief Ajay Maken today reprimanded Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for running away from issues which actually concerned the citizens of Delhi in the Special Assembly session and sticking to its EVM tampering conspiracy debate, "When AAP called Special Assembly Session, we expected corruption charges against the CM and problems faced by people of Delhi be discussed", Maken tweeted.