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

The Delhi BJP on Tuesday stepped up its attack on the AAP, saying it will lodge a complaint with the Election Commission for the party's alleged involvement in corruption cases and seek its derecognition.

Using what his party claimed was a prototype EVM developed by a group of IITians, Bhardwaj, himself an engineer, showed how it could be tampered with to favour a particular candidate. "It is risky for the democracy and the country, and people should raise their voice against it".

Aam Aadmi Party MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj, who is an engineering graduate in computer science claimed anyone who knew a "secret code" could tamper with it.

The Election Commission will meet representatives of the main political parties on Friday to deliberate on the controversy surrounding the fairness of electronic voting machines (EVMs).

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 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. Bhardwaj also said ECI must formally announce the dates of the hackathon too and added that AAP would participate in it to show how machines could be hacked. Technical experts will prove how fraud happened in the recently concluded Assembly polls.

The EC has said, "We will throw open a challenge and you can prove whether they can be tampered or not. We have made demands to change the rules and also bring VVPAT papers to verify the votes". It is being said that after this meeting, Election Commission Hackathon (EVM Tempering) can be allowed.

"After watching videos on YouTube, the party realised that EVMs were being tampered with". As per the votes, the maximum votes should have gone to the AAP, but the results said a different story.

Leaders of other parties like the CPI, RJD and RLD raised related as well as other aspects of the electoral process like corporate funding.

Vikas, a young AAP supporter, summed up the sentiment of the protest, as he observed, "Duniya mai kaunsa machine hack nahi kia ja sakta?"

AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj told reporters on the sidelines of the closed-door meeting that EC shared nothing new so far towards alleviating the fears of the parties.

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.

  • Leroy Wright