Bring it on says Kejriwal to ECI's EVM Hackathon challenge

EVMs tampering can't be brushed aside by terming it a technical snag, says Sisodia

EVMs tampering can't be brushed aside by terming it a technical snag, says Sisodia

Bhardwaj displayed how on entering the code, the manipulator is able to completely change the outcome of votes for that machine.

The AAP chief claimed an EVM could be "tampered with" in "90 seconds". "There is no machine in the world which can not be hacked", he said. Bhardwaj began his speech by explaining how different parts of an EVM work and then conducted a mock poll on a voting machine he had carried to the assembly.

AAP member Saurabh Bhardwaj had used a "lookalike" EVM in the Delhi Assembly during the demonstration on Tuesday.

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. He did not name the BJP but provided enough hints to insinuate that it was the beneficiary. 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.

Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari on Tuesday demanded that the Election Commission of India derecognise the Aam Admi Party for allegedly providing "wrong information" to various authorities about donations received by it.

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". However, former law minister Veerappa Moily and Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh had stood up in defence of EVMs. Maken said, adding, "The AAP lost deposit in Rajouri by-polls where VVPAT and paper-trail was used".

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Bhardwaj, who told the Assembly that he had been a BTech degree in computer science and that he had worked on microprocessors and micro-controllers, said, "An ordinary engineering graduate like me can manipulate an EVM by working on it for just 10 to 15 days".

The Election Commission denied his claim that EVMs can be programmed to favour any particular party. Later, in the display panel, it turned out that the votes went to the BJP. "In 90 seconds the motherboard can be changed", he said.

"AAP MLAs are mocking at democracy - another stunt to divert public attention from Kejriwal's corruption", the BJP said in a statement.

Meanwhile, suspended AAP leader Kapil Mishra said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was adopting this tactic to shift the people's attention from the corruption charges levelled against him.

While Kejriwal did not speak during the session, his deputy Manish Sisodia said for the sake of freedom fighters and people, one must question the EVMs and the state of democracy in the country.

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