Show us your EVMs, will prove hacking charge: AAP to Election Commission

The Election Commission's technical officials are explaining to political parties how EVM works. The meeting saw a debate over the definition of "hacking".

"So far there have been 37 cases in various courts regarding EVM tampering".

Commission highlighted the wide range of technical, administrative protocol and procedural safeguards that fortify the EVMs and VVPATs against any sort of manipulation or tampering.

Zaidi said that representatives of political parties have presented their detailed views and suggestions at the meeting, that stretched for more than seven and a half hours.

The Delhi Assembly witnessed high drama as the Aam Aadmi Party convened a special session to demonstrate how electronic voter machines are being tampered with.

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AAP legislator Saurabh Bhardawaj staged a demonstration in the Delhi Assembly to prove that EVM could be hacked.

Using a prototype of what looked like an EVM used by the poll panel, Bharadwaj claimed that codes embedded inside the voting machines can be used to manipulate results.

A "challenge" is on the cards, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi told a meeting of political parties in New Delhi, going on record for the first time regarding the EC's proposed move to counter allegations of EVM tampering.

Leaders of all National and State recognized Political Parties will participate and discuss the issues in the meeting. The Bharatiya Janata Party swept to power in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

These opposition parties had also conveyed their concerns on the EVMs to President Pranab Mukherjee.

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The government will also encourage new players in the banking sector by loosening restrictions around capital requirements for aspirants.

Leaders of other parties like the CPI, RJD and RLD raised related as well as other aspects of the electoral process like corporate funding.

While the commission has put to rest the rumours of Hackathon, it is likely to open its doors to techies from various parties to prove how the EVMs were allegedly tampered with in the recent elections.

The AAP also contended that it could show how EVM motherboards can be changed in 90 seconds.

Vikas, a young AAP supporter, summed up the sentiment of the protest, as he observed, "Duniya mai kaunsa machine hack nahi kia ja sakta?" Later, several other parties had joined the chorus and wanted the EC to revert to paper ballots. "The EC is being very smart", Bhardwaj said.

He concluded that all EVMs can be tampered in the same way. His deputy Manish Sisodia, who attended the EC's all-party meeting on Friday, said that the poll panel now plans to only conduct a challenge to prove that EVMs used during the recent polls were rigged. Many countries have opted ballot paper system over EVM system of voting, ?

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