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EC Slams AAP, Says Can't Vilify EVMs by Hijacking 'Look-alike' Machine
New Delhi: Hours after AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj tried to prove that EVMs can be rigged, the Election Commission (EC) said that AAP cannot vilify all the EVMs by hacking a "look-alike" machine.
The EC came out all guns blazing againt the ruling party in Delhi, saying gadgets other than ECI-EVMs can be programmed to perform in a pre-determined way, but it simply cannot be implied that its EVMs will behave in the same manner.
The EC said it is "common sense" that gadgets other than ECI-EVMs can be programmed to perform in a pre-determined way, but it simply cannot be implied that ECI-EVMs will behave in the same manner because the ECI-EVMs are technically secured and function under an elaborate administrative and security protocol.
"Such so-called demonstration on extraneous and duplicate gadgets which are not owned by the EC cannot be exploited to influence our intelligent citizens and electorate to assail or vilify the EVMs used by the Commission in its electoral process," it said.
A Commission official said during the demonstration, there was no control unit attached to the EVM. "Once a vote is cast, the control unit jams all buttons on the EVM (ballot unit) till the time the presiding officer releases it for the next voter. When the buttons are jammed, how would one punch in the code as demonstrated by AAP," he questioned.
Earlier today, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had dared the EC to provide an electronic voting machine to the AAP, claiming it can be tampered with in '90 seconds' flat.
Later during a day-long special sitting of the Delhi Assembly, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj put on a "live demonstration" on how EVMs can be programmed "to favour" any political party.
Sixteen Opposition parties, including Congress, DMK, Left, BSP and SP, had recently approached the EC, asking it to revert to the paper ballot system as the "EVMS are not reliable".
(with PTI inputs)
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