EVM row: All eyes on crucial 'EC all-party' meet today

EVM row: All eyes on crucial 'EC all-party' meet today

The MLA said it was "not a coincidence" that all reports of faulty EVMs "are of those (machines) that favoured the BJP and the BJP happens to be the ruling party".

AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj, who had hacked an EVM replica on the floor of the Delhi Assembly on May 9, told a press conference that the question was no longer if EVMs could be manipulated, but whether the recent polls could have been rigged. The EC subsequently pointed out that the hacking of any device that looks like an EVM does not mean that an EVM is hackable or has been hacked.

The Congress on Thursday attacked AAP over its protest at the Election Commission against EVM tampering and said there was "no need of protest" in view of the all-party meeting scheduled on Friday.

The AAP workers led by Delhi Minister Gopal Rai staged a dharna outside the EC office on the busy Ashoka Road, blocking traffic in the morning demanding that voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT)- equipped EVMs to be used in future elections. The EC is unlikely to listen to this demand.

Outside the assembly, Kejriwal dared the Election Commission.

The AAP on Tuesday sought to demonstrate in the Delhi assembly how an EVM can be tampered with, though the Election Commission debunked the claim by saying the machine used was a mere "prototype". A committee comprising representatives of all parties and members of the EC should be formed in the monitoring of the EC. "Two, these EVMs have no VVPATs, and three, the EVMs are coming from Rajasthan", he said during an interview with IANS.

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He said he could find out from an EVM ROM which party a particular voter had polled for and the sequence in which votes were cast.

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.

"Such so called demonstration on extraneous and duplicate gadgets which are not owned by the ECI can not be exploited to influence our intelligent citizens and electorate to assail or vilify the EVMs used by the Commission in its electoral process", it added.

The Election Commission today is convening an all-party meeting over the issue of EVM and other electoral reforms in the national capital.

AAP said that during the challenge, EC should talk on-camera to voters who filed affidavit to complain about rigging of their votes after taking print of time stamp of machines in presence of political parties and magistrate at the controversial booths.

The commission will decide on the date at an allparty meet on May 12.

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