Live demo of EVM 'tampering' by AAP; BJP says 'drama'

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The AAP today gave a point-by- point "demonstration" on ways to rig an "electronic voting machine" during the one-day special session of the Delhi Assembly, and said the EVMs are "threat to the democracy".

Accusing that the AAP is diverting attention from the "real" issues by holding a demonstration on EVM tampering in the assembly, Maken said if we don't trust independent body like election commission, nothing is left in the country.

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.

Maken in his first meeting with councillors and party workers who were newly elected, discussed that the Congress will continue to oppose the Delhi government on its policies and programmes.

He also clarified that the test is being conducted on a machine "similar" to an EVM and not an original EVM.

AAP MLA and computer engineer Saurabh Bhardwaj carried out the demonstration, insisting that the BJP has been gaining due to EVM rigging.

Photo for representational objective (File Photo) Photo for representational goal (File Photo) The day-long special session of Delhi assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution appealing to President Pranab Mukherjee and Election Commission to hold elections through paper trail equipped Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

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"Hackers can use simple codes of EVMs to make any candidate win". With this code, anyone can change the result of votes for that particular machines.

In a statement, the EC said: "Very simply put, any "lookalike" machine is just a different gadget, which is manifestly designed and made to function in a "tampered" manner and has no relevance, incidence or be-aring on the commission's EVMs".

He said the whole issue can not be ignored by terming it as a technical snag. "In 90 seconds the motherboard can be changed", he said.

The AAP's attempt to whip up the EVM issue in the state Assembly where it has 66 of the 70 seats, comes at a time when the party is in the eye of a political firestorm over its sacked minister Kapil Mishra's allegations of corruption against Kejriwal and minister Satyendar Jain.

"The base of our democracy is the electoral process".

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Vijender Gupta, who was marshalled out of the Assembly today, said, "Why is he demonstrating inside the building". He should have done in the public domain. It added that such a "demonstration" can not be "exploited" to influence the Commission. "Now, they should reply to questions being raised over funds received by them and other corruption charges", he said.