All eyes on EC's Friday all-party meet on EVM issue

It may be recalled that the Election Commission has invited 7 national parties and 48 recognized state parties for a meeting tomorrow that will be held at the Constitutional Club in New Delhi.

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.

The Delhi Assembly witnessed high drama as the Aam Aadmi Party convened a special session to demonstrate how electronic voter machines are being tampered with.

"There are secret codes that can be used to decide on the day of voting which candidate can win", Bharadwaj said. The issue has acquired added interest following the demonstration of EVM tampering on a dummy prototype of the actual machine on the floor of the Delhi Assembly by the AAP government on May 9.

Mr. Bhardwaj said they will access the EVM technology, and then match the information with the voters list.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who was among the AAP representatives at the meeting, said that the EC "refused to carry out a hackathon".

The BJP, however, rubbished the allegations of the AAP, saying that EVMs have a 'robust foolproof design.' It is the same party which raised questions about the voting machines post-electoral loss in 2009 general elections. Responding to the court's query, Chidambaram said EVM is a machine and "one can make a machine while the other one can tamper with it". 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.

However, the poll panel had rubbished aside his claims saying that the machine used by Bharadwaj was a "lookalike" of the EC's EVM and therefore could not be used to establish any evidence or possible tampering.

Criticising the BJP over the EVM tampering row, the AAP on Tuesday staged a "live demonstration" of alleged EVM manipulation in the Delhi Assembly.

Delhi Labour Minister and AAP leader Gopal Rai said they would put forward their three demands in front of the EC. After Friday's meeting, the party will take a call on the future course of action for its "Save Democracy" campaign, which now seeks to build awareness on EVMs across the capital.

"(EVM tampering) is unsafe for democracy and the country. It flayed Kejriwal for not replying to the corruption charges.

The Congress said it wants a "trustworthy system" and demanded that in the VVPAT more than seven seconds should be given to the voters to see who their vote went to.

  • Leroy Wright