In a special session of Delhi assembly on Tuesday, AAP MLA gave a demonstration of how an EMV can be hacked. AAP has been blaming ???faulty??? EVMs for its loss in municipal election.
Asked why the party chose the Assembly for the expose???, AAP leaders said it was to ensure ???undivided attention??? from the people and the stakeholders involved. ???The discussion went on for almost five hours which would not have been possible had we called a press conference. People would not have believed us had we released a video showing the process. The aim was to show it live so people take the issue seriously,??? said a senior party leader.
The party planned the event meticulously with its social media wing live-streaming the session on its channels. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia mentioned this in his speech as he said, ???Today, this discussion is being live streamed on different platforms and people across the world are watching it. For the sake, our people today we must question EVMs and the state of our democracy.???
The Election Commission on Tuesday trashed the Aam Aadmi Party???s claims of hacking an electronic voting machine (EVM) during a demonstration in the Delhi assembly, saying anyone can make a ???lookalike??? gadget to justify ???magic or tampering???.
The poll panel issued a strongly worded statement shortly after the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP claimed to have hacked a replica of an EVM to proved allegations that the system can be tampered with to favour a particular party.
???The so-called demonstration of tampering of ???look alike??? EVM cannot be exploited to influence intelligent citizens and electorate to assail or vilify the EVMs used by the commission in its electoral process,??? it said.
The commission, which is mandated to conduct elections to the state assemblies and the Lok Sabha, said it was possible for anyone to make any electronic gadget, which looks like the ECI???s EVM and demonstrate any ???magic or tampering???.
A special session of the Delhi assembly witnessed the Aam Aadmi Party government enacting a dramatic demonstration of “EVM tampering” on the floor of the House on Tuesday. A “secret code” rigged the outcome -eight votes polled in favour of ‘AAP’ after the rigging registered in the name of the ‘BJP candidate’, resulting in a ‘BJP victory’.
The atmosphere of gloom that had enveloped the party with sacked minister Kapil Mishra hurling a slew of corruption charges at Kejriwal and his colleagues was not at all visible in the House, which adopted a resolution appealing to the President and EC to ensure that every future election is held with voter verifiable paper trail as directed by the Supreme Court. The resolution calls for introduction of a standard procedure whereby votes polled and counted through EVMs in at least 25% of booths that are randomly picked by draw of lots in each constituency are tallied with the physical count of paper trail recorded through VVPAT.
Kejriwal has repeatedly blamed his party’s poll debacles on tampering of EVMs. Before Tuesday’s demonstration, by party MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj, Kejriwal tweeted, “Saurabh Bharadwaj will reveal the truth behind a big conspiracy in the country. Satyameva jayate.” On Monday night, Kejriwal had tweeted, “Truth will win. A beginning will be made tomorrow.”
After a few MLAs expressed concern over the alleged tampering, Bharadwaj delivered a live demonstration on how the machine can be programmed to favour any political party. At the end of the demonstration, as the AAP MLAs rose to applaud, Bharadwaj challenged the Centre, saying: “Give us access to the warehouse where the EVMs for Gujarat polls are kept. We need just three hours to change all motherboards and hack the machines. I challenge that once the secret code is introduced, you (BJP) will not win a single booth in the state.”
“He (Bharadwaj) showed how easy it is to hack EVMs, and it is being done on a massive scale. It is dangerous for democracy and the country and people should raise their voice against it,” Kejriwal told reporters outside the assembly. “The ECI can give us its machine and we will show how to hack it in 90 seconds by merely changing its motherboard.”
Bharadwaj had claimed that a voting machine can be manipulated by simply feeding it with a secret code. He demonstrated how it can be actually done using what party sources said was a “prototype EVM” developed by “a group of IITians”. Leaders of Congress, CPM, Trinamool Congress, Janata Dal (United) and Rashtriya Janata Dal were present in the gallery of the house during the demonstration.
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