The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday staged a dramatic “live demonstration” of alleged EVM manipulation in the Delhi Assembly. Party legislator Saurabh Bhardwaj, who carried out the demonstration, claimed that anyone who knows a “secret code” can tamper with the Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs). He even 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. The Greater Kailash MLA provided a step-by-step demonstration of the how the tampering is allegedly done. Bhardwaj claimed that different codes are required to make anyone on the panel win. He added that the winning candidate may be decided by the positioning of these codes in the panel. The MLA said that there are different codes to make in each case.
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Bharadwaj claimed that the tampering, in this type of poll manipulation, is possibly done after the EC officials test the machines. He added that according to this process, each vote is registered as they are polled. However, once the ‘secret code’ is inserted, the machines turn the tabulation in favour of the specified candidate. During the demonstration, Bhardwaj accepted that the EVM machines used is not the same machine used in polling, but something similar.
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Bhardwaj further alleged that in case of the EVMs used by Election Commission, only the ‘mother board’ needs to be replaced to feed the secret code. Soon after the demonstration, certain EC sources told ANI that EVM used by Bhardwaj was not done on the machines used by Election Commision of India. “Aam Aadmi Party demonstrated in Delhi Assembly on prototype electronic voting machine (EVM) & not on ECI EVM,” Election Comission sources told news agency ANI. 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.