The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of tampering with Electronic Voting Machines to win the civic polls in the Capital. In the Delhi Assembly, they also demonstrated how easy it is to rig an EVM.
They showed how a machine that has been tampered with can easily pass a mock test. The demonstration was carried out by AAP leader Saurabh Bhardwaj. “All it takes to rig an EVM is changing the motherboard. All it takes is 90 seconds,” claimed the leader, who is also a software engineer. “The Election Commission’s inquiry report is an embarrassment to the organisation itself. Explains nothing. Similar case in Bhind and Dhaulpur.”
Meanwhile, the Election Commission said that the polling body would not vouch for any machine that had left its security zone. Former Election Commission of India Chief Navin Chawla also questioned the source of the EVM used by Bharadwaj. The AAP also invited leaders of other opposition parties like the Trinamool Congress and Janata Dal United to the Delhi Assembly, where they watched the demonstration from the visitors’ gallery.
LIVE demo of EVM tampering by @Saurabh_MLAgk Votes polled - EVM Result AAP 10 - 2 BSP 2 - 2 BJP 3 - 11 Cong 2 - 2 SP 2 - 2#WeChallengeEC — AAP (@AamAadmiParty) May 9, 2017
Votes polled 2,2,2,2,2 Code entered 1,2,3,4,14 More votes polled 8,0,1,0,0 Final votes 10,2,3,2,2 EVM result 2,2,11,2,2#WeChallengeEC— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) May 9, 2017
Ahead of the civic polls in Delhi, Kejriwal had said that he feared the machines will be tampered with. The AAP chief said he had three reasons for his “fears”. “One, pre-2006 EVMs without security features are being used in Delhi. Two, these EVMs have no VVPATs, and three, the EVMs are coming from Rajasthan,” he said during an interview with IANS. He also claimed he was a “100% sure” that the EVMs had been botched up to prevent AAP from winning the Punjab Assembly elections earlier this year.
Kejriwal had been campaigning for the polling monitor to switch back to using the paper ballot system. His demand has been supported by all major Opposition parties. On April 11, as many as 16 Opposition parties had written to the polling monitor alleging that the tampering of EVMs had created a “deep-seated trust deficit” on their reliability.