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Aam Aadmi Party "Demonstrates" EVM Tempering During Special Session of Delhi Assembly

10 May 2017

Maken also slammed Kejriwal for raising doubts over electronic voting machines (EVMs).

Reacting to the "EVM tampering" demonstration by MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj in the assembly on Tuesday, the Congress in Delhi criticised the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government for wasting public money to carry out its political agenda.

Meanwhile, the EC while defending their stance on the matter said the AAP demonstrated in the Delhi Assembly on a prototype EVM and not on the EC's EVM, sources said.

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

Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti said the tampering of EVMs was "the biggest fraud on democracy", adding that the Delhi State Election Commission could have postponed the municipal polls in order to implement voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT), but chose not to.

Mr Bhardwaj, using a dummy EVM, alleged that on the polling a six-digit secret code could be fed to manipulate a machine wh-ile casting vote.

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.

He did not name the BJP but provided enough hints to insinuate that the Bharatiya Janata Party was the beneficiary of the supposed tampering.

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The AAP leader said the EC's inquiry report into allegations of EVM tampering in the assembly elections held this year had not explained anything. He maintained that the AAP candidate had lost its deposit in Rajouri Garden by-election where VVPAT was used.

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

Responding to the Election Commission's dismissal of the EVMs being tampered, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said the former should hereafter provide their own EVMs.

The Election Commission, which has called an all-party meeting on EVMs, dismissed Bharadwaj's assertions.

The session began amidst high drama when opposition leader Vijender Gupta of the BJP was marshalled out after he created a ruckus raising corruption allegations against Kejriwal. This is not your machine versus my machine, but the concern is that the democracy is in danger today. This can be done by changing motherboard of the the EVM.

Though the light flashes against the button which is pressed by the voter, the vote may not necessarily go to that party, said Bhardwaj.

"Back to same rhetoric instead of apologising to the people for corruption".

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