1. What Election Commission actually said to blow up AAP’s EVM tampering claims

What Election Commission actually said to blow up AAP’s EVM tampering claims

In the wake of Aam Aadmi Party's attempt to 'prove' EVM tampering in the Delhi Assembly on Tuesday, the Election Commission of India has said that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) cannot be tampered with.

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 10, 2017 11:47 AM
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In the wake of Aam Aadmi Party’s attempt to ‘prove’ EVM tampering in the Delhi Assembly on Tuesday, the Election Commission of India has said that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) cannot be tampered with. AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj, who is an engineer by training, tried to demonstrate how the polling machines can be tampered with.

Several media reports on Tuesday also said that the EC would organize an EVM hackathon, inviting representatives of all national and regional parties to prove the poll machines could be hacked. HT reported EC sources as saying that the poll panel would decide the date of the hackathon after an all-party meet on May 12.

However, no formal statement has been issued by the EC about the reported hackathon. But the EC did blow up AAP’s tampering claims in an official press release.

Here’s what the EC actually said on AAP’s EVM tampering claims:

  • The Election Commission, through media, has learnt about a so-called demonstration of tampering of ‘look-alike’ EVM. In this context it should be understood that it is possible for anyone to make any electronic gadget which ‘looks-like’ ECI EVM and demonstrate any Magic or Tampering.
  • Very simply put, any ‘look-alike’ machine is just a different gadget, which is manifestly designed and made to function in a ‘tampered’ manner and has no relevance, incidence or bearing on the Commission’s EVMs.
  • It is common sense that gadgets other than ECI EVMs can be programmed to perform in a pre-determined way, but it simply cannot be implied that ECI EVMs will behave in the same manner because the ECI EVMs are Technically Secured and function under an elaborate Administrative and Security Protocol.
  • Such so-called demonstration on extraneous and duplicate gadgets which are not owned by the ECI cannot be exploited to influence our Intelligent Citizens & Electorate to assail or vilify the EVMs used by the Commission in its electoral process.
  • Election Commission of India (ECI) has scheduled an All Political Parties meeting on 12th May 2017 for EVM Issues and other Electoral Reforms. 
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    Satish
    May 10, 2017 at 12:35 pm
    AK is a wolf in sheeps clothing.. I am not a AAP BJP or congress supporter.. but had donated a certain sum towards AAP initially. what a let down.. AK you are a loser and anarchist
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      GOVIND
      May 10, 2017 at 12:28 pm
      Anything in the world could be duplicated, tampered or managed but you need to have access to the equipment. This is what is extremely difficult so far as EVM of Election Commission are concerned. This is like saying one could do a robbery at RBI treasury. This is possible but it is extremely difficult. With the kind of track record that our Election Commission have the betrayal of public from their side is unthinkable. Therefore all the claims made by the political parties is all thrash. They should not be given any hearing at all.
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        mukesh
        May 10, 2017 at 12:20 pm
        The Election Commission Should immediately Take up a public campaign to educate the public at large so that people are not scared of Duplicity of certain vested interests who are trying to defame the ECI
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          satya
          May 10, 2017 at 12:16 pm
          Dear EC, Why did you stopped short ? Why not sue AAP for false and misleading Intelligent Public "Such so-called demonstration on extraneous and duplicate gadgets which are not owned by the ECI cannot be exploited to influence our Intelligent Citizens & Electorate to ail or vilify the EVMs used by the Commission in its electoral process." You stopped with just a statement, What about the damage done to EC re tion, why not contest on that..
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            Chintan
            May 10, 2017 at 1:50 pm
            Kejriwal didn't have balls to show the demonstration outside the parliament As per law, MLAs cannot be sued for things they express in parliament Kejriwal taking benefit of this law and doing his nautanki inside the legislature
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              Oberserver
              May 10, 2017 at 3:36 pm
              Because they did the demo in the House..that was the w objective. According to law no one can sue legislators for what they do or say in the House.
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            2. Krishnan Vaidyanathan
              May 10, 2017 at 12:13 pm
              Anyhow, whatever the elite pseduo s think of EVM and other nonsense stories, we know 1 thing for sure that Kejriwal is a class-I bas'td with no antecedents or genuine lineage or a decent brought up And so his foot-licking gang is. They can urinate with their mouses around in public anywhere but now that the Delhites seemed to have woken up though a bit late, these bas'tds will be tonsured to minimum.
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