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Election Commission dismisses AAP`s `live demo` of EVM tampering in Delhi Assembly, challemges party to do it in hackathon

Delhi: Even as the Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday staged a ‘live demonstration’ of alleged EVM manipulation in the Delhi Assembly, the Election Commission said that said it was done on a ‘prototype’ machine.

At the same time, the poll panel has now announced the date for hackathon which will be conducted in the third week of May.

A source in ECI was quoted as saying by CNN-News18, “They are showing everything with a prototype EVM. Let them prove their charges during the EVM hackathon challenge.”

On the other hand, Hindustan Times quoted another source as saying, “If it is a prototype, then it is not the same as the EVM used by the commission. To say EVM can be hacked by manipulating a prototype is not the same thing.”

EC has convened an all-party meeting on May 12 to discuss the concerns about the reliability of electronic voting machines and is likely to brief the parties about its planned EVM hacking challenge.

A statement from the commission on May 04 had said that at the meeting, the issue of EVMs, change in rules regarding recount of votes using paper trail data, making bribery in elections a cognisable offence and disqualification of candidates charge- sheeted for electoral bribery would be discussed.

While there was no mention of the proposed EVM hacking challenge in the statement, a senior commission official, who refused to go on record, was quoted as saying by PTI that an overview of process and procedure of EVM challenge would be given and views of the parties would be sought.

Meanwhile, an EC official today was quoted as saying by HT, “AAP should also send their representatives to the hacking challenge to prove their allegations.”

Recently, 16 Opposition parties had urged the ECI to revert to ballot system, claiming that the faith of the people in EVMs has been “eroded”.

EC has time and again rubbished allegations that EVMs can be programmed to favour any particular party.

Earlier today, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj claimed that anyone knowing a “secret code” can tamper with the EVMs and the code can be fed into a machine while casting vote.

Before Bhardwaj’s demonstration, Kejriwal had tweeted, “Saurabh Bhardwaj will reveal the truth behind a big conspiracy in the country. Satyameva Jayate”.

Bhardwaj, who represents the Greater Kailash constituency, claimed that in his capacity as an engineer, he had extensively worked in this area and was aware of how the machines can be fiddled with. 

Meanwhile, the Delhi BJP with party’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari today alleged that there were “gross discrepancies” in the figures of donation amount shown by the AAP in its affidavits, party website, and what it has declared to the EC.

“One private news channel has done an ‘expose on the AAP’ when it comes to donations received by it. And, there is ‘huge difference in the figures shown in its affidavit and what the Arvind Kejriwal-led party has told the EC,” he alleged.

 “And, discrepancies exist in donation figures for both years, 2013-14 and 2014-15,” Tiwari added.

The Delhi BJP chief, read out figures, quoting from the channel’s claim.

(With PTI inputs)

 “So, in 2013-14, the AAP showed a donation amount of Rs 50.64 crore in the affidavit, Rs 19.82 crore on its party website, but to the EC it told that the figure stood at only Rs 6 crore.

 “We wonder if this missing amount was routed in the corruption cases against the party that its own (sacked) Cabinet minister has highlighted,” he alleged.

 “So, based on the past and this new corruption case, a delegation of the party will go and meet the chief election commissioner at 4 PM to lodge a complaint. We will also urge the EC to probe the entire accounts of the AAP. And based on the string of irregularities being exposed, we will also ask the EC to derecognise the party,” Tiwari said. 

Source: Zee News