EC convenes all-party meet over EVM issue May 12


"The Election Commission has convened a meeting with all recognised national and state political parties on May 12 in New Delhi to discuss the issue related to EVM and VVPAT. Let us see what is the outcome of this meeting", he added. "They should be aware that the EC had used VVPAT in the Rajouri Garden by-polls where the AAP only got 13 per cent of vote", the former Union Minister said. Is our EVM is safe that no one can tamper it?

It will offer opportunity to political parties to demonstrate that EVM used in recent elections were tampered with or that EVMs can be tampered with even under strict technical and administrative safeguards as applicable during elections, Zaidi said.

AAP, which has alleged that EVMs had been tampered with in the assembly elections in Punjab and the civic polls in Delhi, both of which it lost, used the day-long special session of the assembly to demonstrate how the voting machines can be rigged.

The poll panel will try to assure parties that the EVMs can not be hacked in any manner.

The meeting comes days after the Aam Admi Party staged a demonstration on hacking a "voting machine" in the Delhi Assembly. The Bhartiya Janata Party won 312 seats out of 403 in Uttar Pradesh Election.

These opposition parties had also conveyed their concerns on the EVMs to President Pranab Mukherjee.

Asking the legislators to give a standing ovation to Bhardwaj's efforts of "proving EVM hacking", Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said this issue was brought to the Assembly because "it is about the country and democracy".

Rubbishing the claim that the EVMs are tamper-proof, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said, in the affidavit submit by the Government in the Aadhaar case, it has mentioned that in today's world of technology, no machine is full proof which can not be tampered.

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"We appeal to the Election Commission that they provide us their EVM and we will hack it", Rai, who is also the party's Delhi convenor, told reporters.

At the Friday's all-party meet, the Election Commission is expected to invite suggestions for a "hackathon" (machine-tampering challenge), expected to be held by the month-end.

The poll panel will try to assure parties that the EVMs can not be hacked in any manner.

The date of the proposed challenge would be decided after the all-party meeting, it was said.

Soon after, the Aam Aadmi Party took notice of the case and made a complaint to election commission, following which the ECI ordered the district administration to file a case against the father and the son.

In the comments section of the post, Ankit declared that he had rewired all the machines so that all votes from these EVMs would go to BJP candidate Narendra Modi. "We are not in favor of EVM that is what we are asking the introduction of ballot papers", Roy said.

He demonstrated how it can be done using, what party sources said was, a "prototype EVM" developed by a "a group of IITians".