AAP demonstrates EVM 'tampering', EC trashes it

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After entering a secret code, Bhardwaj pressed 10 votes for the AAP but the display board showed that the votes went to the BJP.

Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal has dared the Election Commission of India to give them one Electronic Voting Machine to prove allegations of tampering.

Stating that Mr. Bhardwaj had shown how EVM-like machines could be tampered with, Mr. Kejriwal said people should raise their voices about using EVMs.

The Aam Aadmi Party said it will participate in the May 12 all party meeting to discuss the issue concerning EVMs.

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.

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The AAP chief claimed an EVM could be "tampered with" in "90 seconds".

The Delhi BJP today 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.

Kejriwal has repeatedly claimed that the AAP's poll debacles have something to do with tampering of EVMs.

"EVM be tested before EC!"

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

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"I will show you how the machines on which the faith of democracy rests can be tampered with". It said that the demonstration of the tampering was of a "lookalike" EVM and it should be understood that it was not possible for anyone to make any electronic gadget which looks like ECI-EVM and demonstrate any "magic or tampering".

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

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

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. I wish we were wrong on this tampering issue. Is it because of the EVMs or the water. "Just because he is unable to win elections, he is going against democracy and the whole electoral process", he added. He should have done in the public domain. "Now, they should reply to questions being raised over funds received by them and other corruption charges", he said. It added that such a "demonstration" can not be "exploited" to influence the Commission.

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