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Give us your EVMs, says Arvind Kejriwal to EC

News Agencies | Updated on: 9 May 2017, 19:09 IST

Responding to the Election Commission's dismissal of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) being tampered, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said the former should hereafter provide their own EVMs.

"I would ask the EC to give us their EVMs, if it is not tampered. We can change the motherboard in 90 seconds," he said.

Soon after a demonstration of the EVM tampering was conducted by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Saurabh Bharadwaj during the special day-long session of the Delhi Assembly here on Tuesday, Kejriwal alleged tampering of EVMs poses a real 'threat' to the country.

"Saurabh is a computer engineer who has worked with chips in the past, and today he has shown how easily the EVM can be rigged. This is a serious threat to democracy. Citizens in unison should raise their voices against this," he added while defending Bharadwaj.

Criticising the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) the AAP earlier today gave a full demonstration on how EVMs can be rigged.

Conducting a mock poll on an EVM machine, Bharadwaj demonstrated how despite giving two votes each to various parties, the finally count showed that votes of some parties had been transferred to one party.

He said this was possible with a secret code that is assigned to every constituency. Bharadwaj claimed that before voting begins the election officials show that everything is done fairly but after 10 a.m., they activate a code, which ensures that all votes cast would go to a particular candidate.

"All it takes to rig an EVM is to change the motherboard. All it takes is 90 seconds. 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.

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


First published: 9 May 2017, 19:08 IST