Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday dared the Election Commission of India to provide Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) to his party. Kejriwal, speaking to reporters after a special session of the Delhi Assembly today, said that the ‘motherboard’ installed in a machine can be replaced in just 90 seconds. “We are saying that we should be provided the EVM, it takes 90 seconds to change the motherboard, (Hum toh keh rahe hain aap apni EVM dijiye, motherboard change karna hai 90 second lagte hain),” Kejriwal said.
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Earlier, Aam Aadmi Party legislator Saurabh Bharadwaj gave a live demonstration in the Delhi Assembly on how the EVMs can be rigged. Bharadwaj added that EVMs can be hacked by anyone who knows a “secret code”. The Greater Kailash legislator further claimed that code can be fed into a machine while casting vote. Bhardwaj, who said that he was a software engineer before joining politics, showed exactly how voting machines can be tampered with.
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The MLA further said that there are different codes to be inserted in the EVMs in different cases. He added that tampering, in this type of poll manipulation, is possibly done after the EC officials test the machines. As per Bharadwaj, each vote is registered as they are polled initially, however, once the ‘secret code’ is inserted, the machines turn the tabulation in favour of the specified candidate.
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The MLA had himself accepted that the EVM machines used by him was not the same machine used in polling, but something similar. However, Bhardwaj further claimed that in case of the EVMs used by Election Commission, only the ‘motherboard’ needs to be replaced to feed the secret code.