EC all-party meet on EVMs begins

EC all-party meet on EVMs begins

At the day-long meeting, which started with the opening remarks of Chief Election Commission Nasim Zaidi, the Commission was expected to seek views of political parties on the proposed challenge it plans to throw to hack its EVMs.

All the seven national and 35 of the 48 state recognised political parties are attending the meeting. The party has blamed that EVMs were tampered during the polls, which led to the party's debacle.

AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj demonstrated how an EVM can be hacked during the Assembly's special session on Tuesday.

The Election Commission, through media, has learnt about a so called demonstration of tampering of "look-alike" EVM.

While New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced that a "conspiracy" in the country would be exposed in the Delhi Assembly on Tuesday, a member of the AAP Saurabh Bharadwaj gave a live demonstration of how EVMs were being rigged.

The AAP has now requested the Commission to either hand them the machines used in the elections to demonstrate how they could have been hacked, or trail the votes to see if they were cast in favour of the party they were intended for.

Citing a news report by CNN-News18 channel, he said: "CNN-News18 in its report showed discrepancies in the donations that AAP received".

Opposition parties including the Congress and the TMC were present during the demonstration in the gallery of the assembly.

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The resolution also called for tallying of votes polled in 25 per cent randomly-selected booths with the paper trail generated by VVPAT machines.

Before that the AAP legislator also showed how the EVM initially gives proper and correct result. The protest also comes a day before the EC is holding an all-party meeting on poll reforms, including the EVM issue.

"People of Delhi voted for a corruption-free government, but what did they get in return - betrayal, corruption, loot, lies, hawala and bribery", he said. The EVMs used for polling are with the EC. "It is our constitutional and moral duty to stand dead centre of the circle drawn around us by 56 political parties", he added.

16 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".

Some parties have demanded they be allowed access to the machines used in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.

The party alleged that the Commission was in denial mode over the credibility of the voting machines.

Outside the assembly, Kejriwal dared the Election Commission.

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