The Aam Aadmi Party leader, Saurabh Bhardwaj, an MLA from Greater Kailash demonstrated an act to show the tempering on Electronic Voting Machine during special session of the Delhi assembly on Tuesday.
Asserting that Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray had urged to abandon EVMs, party leader Anil Desai hoped that the Election Commission will consider the matter seriously and take a fair decision in the regard.
“It is common sense that gadgets other than ECI-EVMs can be programmed to perform in a pre-determined way”, the EC’s statement said.
The VVPAT-equipped EVMs dispense a paper slip which helps voters confirm that their vote has indeed gone to the candidate of their choice. “The experience on ground has shown that the law-enforcement authorities feel handicapped in apprehending the culprits of bribery because they can not proceed without a warrant issued by a competent magistrate under section 200 of CrPC”, the EC’s agenda note sent to the political parties reads. Yesterday, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj had provided a live demo in the Delhi assembly to show that EVMs can be easily hacked. Showing a gadget that he said was “similar to an EVM,”, Bharadwaj claimed it takes 90 second to hack a EVM machines just by changing the motherboard.
“You should be convinced that EC has no favourites. we maintain equidistance from all parties and groups”.
“Arvind Kejriwal who is facing corruption charges from his own party colleague Kapil Mishra is taking cover by raising the EVM hacking issue by misusing the House”, he said. He did not name the BJP but provided enough hints to insinuate that the Bharatiya Janata Party was the beneficiary.
The AAP has been vocal in alleging that EVMs were tampered with in the assembly elections in Punjab and the civic polls in Delhi, both of which it lost.
However, the tussle between political parties and ECI over EVMs is not a new thing; it only resurfaced after BSP faced a defeat in 2017 UP elections. In the Delhi Assembly, they also demonstrated how easy it is to rig an EVM. The Election Commission had trashed AAP’s claim saying the “machine is a look-alike and not the ECI-EVM”.
The meeting comes in the wake of doubts repeatedly raised by many opposition parties on EVM working once results of assembly polls in five states were declared on March 11.
“They could have waited to raise their concerns at the meet”, added the official. “It cannot be constantly said that EVMs can’t be tampered”, AAP leader Manish Sisodia said. Gupta, however, protested and said the demonstration was only an attempt by the AAP to divert attention from its recent troubles.
“Meeting with the Election Commission was very satisfying”.