Delhi assembly resolves to seek VVPAT equipped EVMs

Justin Greene
May 10, 2017

The attack on machines came against the backdrop of the AAP losing Punjab and Goa assembly polls and the April 23 civic body elections in Delhi.

The resolution also called for tallying of votes polled in 25 per cent randomly-selected booths with the paper trail generated by VVPAT machines.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday used a special sitting of the Delhi assembly to "expose" how electronic voting machines (EVMs) can be tampered with through a live demonstration, which was carried out by MLA and software engineer Saurabh Bhardwaj.

Before Bhardwaj's demonstration, Kejriwal tweeted, "Saurabh Bhardwaj will reveal the truth behind a big conspiracy in the country". The ECI had however said that the machines can not be rigged.

"I will show you how the machines on which the faith of democracy rests can be tampered with".

The "demonstration" on EVM-tampering was made by partys Greater Kailash MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj inside the Assembly who claimed there is "no machine in the world that can not be rigged".

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati had also claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) resounding victory in Uttar Pradesh was gained by tampering with EVMs.

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.

Outside the assembly, Kejriwal dared the Election Commission. "An ordinary engineer like me with just 10-15 days of hard work can tamper with them to ensure that votes go only to one desired party or candidate", he said.

Was it a legitimate expose or a stunt to deflect attention from the bribery allegations against chief minister Arvind Kejriwal-levelled by sacked minister Kapil Mishra? His deputy Manish Sisodia claimed th-at the democracy is in danger and urged rivals to look beyond the theory of "your machine vs my machine".

"All it takes to rig an EVM is to change the motherboard". He maintained that the AAP candidate had lost its deposit in Rajouri Garden by-election where VVPAT was used.

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.

"Back to same rhetoric instead of apologising to the people for corruption". Later, in the display panel, it turned out that the votes went to the BJP.

"It was a drama enacted by the AAP to divert attention of the public from the allegations of bribery and forgery in funding", Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said.

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