Election Commission: AAP hacked 'look-alike' gadget, not our EVM

Erica Roy
May 10, 2017

Sisodia also challenged the Election Commission to allow at least three AAP workers in place of those who service EVMs at store rooms and said they will "completely hack" all machines.

The Congress on Tuesday slammed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for not responding to the corruption allegations levelled by sacked Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during the special session of Delhi assembly.

He said Bharadwaj, an engineer, had shown how chip technology could be manipulated and how EVMs could be tampered with.

Newly elected BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa today sought to corner the Aam Aadmi Party over the "EVM manipulation" issue.

Bhardwaj, who has ten years of experience working with embedded systems, was chosen to demonstrate how EVM tampering is possible as the Election Commission (EC) has always maintained that these machines can not be tampered with during an actual election process due to the many safeguards in place.

Claiming that it was possible to hack the machines, Sisodia said EVM-tampering tantamounts to a "conspiracy to murder democracy".

The Election Commission, through media, has learnt about a so called demonstration of tampering of "look-alike" EVM.

Conducting a mock poll on an EVM machine, Bharadwaj demonstrated how despite giving two votes each to various parties; the final count showed that votes of some parties had been transferred to one party. 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.

Bhardwaj, who represents the Greater Kailash constituency, claimed that in his capacity as an engineer, he had extensively worked in this area and was aware of how the machines can be fiddled with. 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.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Vijender Gupta, who was marshalled out of the Assembly today, said, "Why is he demonstrating inside the building".

"When MCD poll results were announced I had said that we did not lose because of EVM machines".

Participating in a discussion on the issue during the day-long special session of the Delhi Assembly, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj claimed that a voting machine can be manipulated by simply feeding it with a "secret code".

"All it takes to rig an EVM is to change the motherboard.

Back to same rhetoric instead of apologising to the people for corruption". I wish we were wrong on this tampering issue.

"The base of our democracy is the electoral process". He is just finding excuses to shift focus away from corruption charges. It added that such a "demonstration" can not be "exploited" to influence the Commission.

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