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Election Commission: AAP hacked 'look-alike' gadget, not our EVM

09 May 2017

Noting an EVM look-alike can be used to demonstrate anything, the Election Commission on Tuesday dismissed the AAP's "so-called" demonstration of tampering of electronic voting machines.

Sisodia said the issue of tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) can not be brushed aside by merely terming it a technical snag.

Maken said he hoped issues like Kejriwal taking bribe, dengue on the rise, water and power shortage and Metro fare hike would be discussed. Here's why it is next to impossible as per EC 1) The new M3 EVM machines have Tamper Detection to make an EVM inoperative the moment anyone tries to open the machine.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shazia Ilmi alleged that Kejriwal is doing this in order to pre-empt the order of the Election Commission in the office of profit matter against him.

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Ousted AAP MLA Asim Ahmed Khan has launched a scathing attack against Kejriwal saying that he was expelled from the party when he refused to fulfill Kejriwal's demand of Rs 5 crore.

"A common engineer can tamper with the EVMs", Bharadwaj said while explaining the step-by-step procedure of hacking the voting machine.

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

Bhardwaj, who is an engineering graduate in computer science and worked for Johnson Controls India Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon and Invensys, now Schneider Electric, Hyderabad before he joined AAP, demonstrated on an EVM how a person who poses as a voter and uses secret codes can manipulate the machine's results. Maken said, adding, "The AAP lost deposit in Rajouri by-polls where VVPAT and paper-trail was used".

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"Instead of answering the charges, the Chief Minister is hiding from the people of Delhi for two days".

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

"We are not making baseless allegations on EVM manipulation".

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AAP said the machine it used today has been built by IIT graduates and experts have concluded that it is an accurate replica of EVMs used in elections. During non-election period, Annual Physical Verification of all EVMs is done by DEOs in April and report sent to ECI.