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EVMs can be tampered with in 90 secs: Kejriwal

20 Mai 2017

Days before the meet, the Aam Admi Party (AAP) had staged a demonstration on hacking a "voting machine" in the Delhi Assembly.

The Election Commission has called an all-party meeting on May 12 to discuss the EVM controversy. 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. "During the meeting, the whole procedure and challenges would be shared with all parties and their suggestions would be invited", a senior EC official said.

Calling for the attention of the public, Bhardwaj said EVM tampering is "real" but to get the common people of India accept the "truth", it might take time but it "must be addressed", he added.

He said the AAP is ready to demonstrate before the panel about how the EVMs could have tampered.

The proposal involves getting 16,15,000 VVPAT units for EVMs at a cost of around Rs 3,173.47 crore for use in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Amid the bribery allegations against Kejriwal, the Aam Aadmi Party fielded its legislator Saurabh Bharadwaj in a day's special assembly session to prove a point. "Satyameva Jayate". He challenged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to leave the EVMs to be used in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections for "three hours". Tehseen Poonawalla, who calls himself a Congress supporter, and Election Watch convenor VV Rao also sought answers to 21 questions from the EC, in a bid to ensure a transparent poll process. The party remained cryptic about from where it procured the machine used for demonstration.

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EVM, which plays an important role in Indian Politics, which plays a key role in creating a political party's future are nowadays in suspicion.

On Friday, the EC hosted an all-party meeting regarding EVM issue and other electoral reforms in the national capital. To bolster its claim, Bhardwaj, a former engineer, claimed to have "proved" the "tamperability" of EVMs in the Delhi Assembly this week.

And Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has been campaigning against alleged EVM tampering, threw down a challenge saying the AAP could change EVM motherboards in 90 seconds.

From all India Trinamool Congress's perspective, Mukul Roy demanded reintroduction of paper ballot system.

"EVM manipulation is a real possibility and should be looked into immediately", said RK Gupta, an AAP worker who had come from Dwarka in south-west Delhi to the poll panel's central Delhi headquarters. "We are not in favor of EVM that is what we are asking the introduction of ballot papers", Roy said. The party on Tuesday had held a demonstration where it had attempted to show that EVMs could be rigged.

EVMs can be tampered with in 90 secs: Kejriwal