"He (Bhardwaj) showed how easy it is to hack EVMs and it is being done on a massive scale".
In the special session of the Delhi assembly, Saurabh Bharadwaj, AAP leader and a computer engineer, gave a demonstration of how Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) can be tampered with.
The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday "demonstrated" the tempering of Electronic Voting Machines in Delhi assembly during a special session of assembly. "It's outrageous", Bharadwaj said, explaining that a "manipulator" enters the polling booth early into voting and enters a unique secret code that ensures that all voters polled thereafter go to a selected candidate.
The party also took a potshot at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators: "Frustration of AAP MLAs visible in the Delhi assembly".
The Election Commission, which maintains that EVMs can not be programmed to favour any party, did not officially react.
The Congress also accused the party of diverting attention from the real issues by holding a demonstration on EVM tampering in the assembly.
Meanwhile, the EC while defending their stance on the matter said the AAP demonstrated in the Delhi Assembly on a prototype EVM and not on the EC's EVM, sources said.
Photo for representational objective (File Photo) Photo for representational goal (File Photo) The day-long special session of Delhi assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution appealing to President Pranab Mukherjee and Election Commission to hold elections through paper trail equipped Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
"We have said that EC should give us an EVM".
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. "We, even in power, raised this issue, because it is not about three or five years, but about democracy", he further said.
The Delhi Assembly adopted resolution appealing President and Election Commission to hold elections through paper trail equipped-EVMs.
"In run up to the Assembly elections, they (AAP) had promised to install 15 lakh CCTV cameras across the city. There is no machine in the world which can not be hacked", he said.
"All it takes to rig an EVM is to change the motherboard".
The AAP is in the throes of a crisis with its sacked Minister Kapil Mishra accusing Kejriwal and other senior leaders of corruption. I wish we were wrong on this tampering issue. "Just because he is unable to win elections, he is going against democracy and the whole electoral process", he added. He is just finding excuses to shift focus away from corruption charges.
"(EVM tampering) is unsafe for democracy and the country.