EVM controversy: Arvind Kejriwal, Congress leaders meet Election Commission over ‘tampering row’; call for ballot paper polling

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New Delhi | Updated: April 1, 2017 5:35:05 PM

Voicing concerns over alleged tampering of EVM machines, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal and a delegation of Congress leaders on Sunday met Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and called for a tamper-free election.

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Voicing concerns over alleged tampering of EVM machines, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal and a delegation of Congress leaders on Sunday met Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and called for a tamper-free election. “Software was changed, so that anyone presses the button, it will only lead to BJP, 12,000 machines were installed in Delhi itself, and random sampling of the machine revealed that it was tampered with,” Kejriwal said addressing media after meeting Election Comission. “The machines in Delhi cantt and Madhya Pradesh, Assam, that the machines were found to be tampered with and they have not being checked, it’s a big question mark on democracy,” he added.

“I don’t trust EVMs from the very starting. When the whole world is using ballot paper for elections, then what objection should we have, (Mujhe shuru se EVM pe bharosa nhi. Jb sare vishwa mein chunaav ballot paper se ho rahe hain, toh hume kya aitraaz hona chahiy)” Digvijaya Singh said. Earlier on Monday, Aam Aadmi Party had approached the Election Commission over alleged EVM tampering in Punjab, and had demanded that slips generated by VVPAT machines be matched with the election result. After thee meeting, AAP leader Raghav Chadha told reporters that the party’s preliminary analysis of booth level voting pattern showed that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were tampered with.

“There were many polling booths where the number of votes the party received were fewer than the count of AAP supporters in the area. They (supporters) are ready to file affidavits in court stating that they voted for the AAP,” Chadha said. The Aam Aadmi Party leader said if the EVMs were tampered with, then it was a violation of the fundamental rights.

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He said the people were losing faith in the electoral process. “To reinforce people’s faith in electoral process, we demand that wherever VVPAT (Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail) machines were used in Punjab, the election results in those booths be tallied with the paper trail generated by EVMs,” he said.

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