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EC: EVM shown tampered by AAP is not real

EC: EVM shown tampered by AAP is not real

Tampered?: Are EVMs tamper proof?

The meeting, which lasted over seven hours, was attended by representatives of seven political parties and 35 state parties.

On Thursday, the Aam Aadmi Party threw a fresh challenge before the poll panel and said that given a chance it could prove how voting machines used in the Assembly polls were pre-programmed to favour a particular party.

Using a prototype of what looked like an EVM used by the poll panel, Bharadwaj claimed that codes embedded inside the voting machines can be used to manipulate results.

National Conference leader Devender Singh Rana said after the meeting that except for BJP, nearly all parties raised concerns about reliability of EVMs.

He did not name the BJP but provided enough hints to insinuate that the Bharatiya Janata Party was the beneficiary of the supposed tampering. BSP president Mayawati was the first one to question the reliability of the EVMs.

Leaders of other parties like the CPI, RJD and RLD raised related as well as other aspects of the electoral process like corporate funding.

The poll panel will try to assure parties that the EVMs can not be hacked in any manner. However, he added that an opportunity will be given to all parties to demonstrate whether EVMs in the recent elections were or can be tampered.




Fact: Where did AAP get the EVM from? "The EC is being very smart", Bhardwaj said. Its newly-elected legislator from Rajouri Garden, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, said out of the 37 cases pertaining to EVM tampering which have gone to court, in 30 the judgments have come and all of them have held the EVMs to be tamper-proof.

The EC has called for an all-party meeting on Friday, where all the doubts regarding EVMs and their authenticity are likely to be cleared.

He said EVMs do not enjoy their trust any more.

Following the demonstration, AAP will present the evidence to the Election Commission to further investigate the matter. The Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system records the candidate and symbol a person voted for but the voter can not take the receipt home. "At least if we switch back to ballot paper there will be no apprehensions left", it added. "Our expert team will show the committee how voting machines were rigged", Bhardwaj said.

From all India Trinamool Congress's perspective, Mukul Roy demanded reintroduction of paper ballot system.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Vandana Chouhan told ANI that if the elections become transparent though VVPAT, then the party will agree with it.

The proposal involves getting 16,15,000 VVPAT units for EVMs at a cost of Rs 3,173.47 crore.

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