Aam Aadmi Party’s demonstration of tampering being possible with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) was not done on the machines used by the Election Commission of India, ANI quoting sources reported on Monday. “Aam Aadmi Party demonstrated in Delhi Assembly on prototype electronic voting machine (EVM) & not on ECI EVM,” Election Commission sources told news agency ANI. The AAP today staged a “live demonstration” of alleged EVM manipulation in the Delhi Assembly. AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj, who was deputed by DelhiChief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for the purpose, claimed that anyone knowing a “secret code” can tamper with the EVMs and the code can be fed into a machine while the vote is being cast.
However, there’s no official statement on the live demonstration by Election Commission. The EC has time and again rubbished allegations that EVMs can be programmed to favour any particular party. Before Bhardwaj’s demonstration, Kejriwal had tweeted, “Saurabh Bhardwaj will reveal the truth behind a big conspiracy in the country. Satyameva Jayate”.
Bhardwaj, who represents the Greater Kailash constituency, claimed in the Assembly that he was an engeeneer before joining politics, and that he had extensively worked in this area and was aware of how the machines can be tampered with. Before Sourabh’s demonstration, legislator Alka Lamba mounted the attack on Bharatiya Janata Party for allegedly tampering with the EVM machines. Lamba further questioned the Election Commission that why it was not accepting the demands of demonstrating how EVMs can be tampered with. Leading the charge, the Chandni Chowk legislator questioned as to why 5,000 of these machines were brought from Rajasthan for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections.