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Election Commission at all-party meet assures that EVMs can't be manipulated

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During a special session of the Delhi Assembly, AAP legislator Saurabh Bharadwaj had sought to demonstrate the procedure for tampering with an EVM.

Apart from demanding that VVPAT-equipped EVMs be used, the party will also request the EC that votes registered in EVMs and paper trails of 25% randomly chosen booths be tallied, the AAP leader said.

BJP said it will approach the EC seeking a probe into the EVM tampering demonstration.

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

The EC also asserted that the 2019 Lok Sabha elections would take place in the VVPAT format.

Bharadwaj, had said in the Delhi Assembly, earlier on Tuesday, "There is no machine in the world that can't be rigged". Even the use of the voter verifiable paper audit trail, which has been made mandatory for all future elections by the EC, has not been able to help in this, he claimed. 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 & Electorate to assail or vilify the EVMs used by the Commission in its electoral process.

"They informed the Election Commission that they received only Rs 6 crore donation in 2013-14", he alleged.

While the commission has put to rest the rumours of Hackathon, it is likely to open its doors to techies from various parties to prove how the EVMs were allegedly tampered with in the recent elections.

Through a live mock test, he then demonstrated how a large number of votes polled for AAP actually went to the BJP on the EVM used by him.

Nevertheless, the poll panel is expected to invite suggestions from the seven political parties - including the Congress, the AAP, the SP and the BSP - that are attending the meeting on what can be done to allay their fears that the BJP is rigging elections through hacked EVMs. The demonstration was carried out by AAP leader Saurabh Bhardwaj.

The Election Commission today convened an all-party meeting over the issue of EVM and other electoral reforms. "The commission should allow technical inspection of its EVMs by the expert panel of various political parties".

The AAP also contended that it could show how EVM motherboards can be changed in 90 seconds.

CEC referred the queries raised by some political parties about the incidents of alleged EVM manipulation at Bhind and Dholpur during the recently concluded Bye-elections, and reiterated that baseless perceptions were generated about these incidents and there was no case of biased vote results.

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