For now, AAP is the lone voice pushing for paper-trail EVMs

Kejriwal after he cast his vote

Kejriwal after he cast his vote

Asked why they thought EVMs could be rigged, the protesters, many of whom carried replicas of EVM machines, mostly cited Bhardwaj's live demonstration in the assembly.

The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday "demonstrated" the tempering of Electronic Voting Machines in Delhi assembly during a special session of assembly.

The Election Commission, which has called an all-party meeting on EVMs, dismissed Bharadwaj's assertions.

AAP has vociferously raised the issue after its disappointing performance in Punjab and Goa assembly elections and the recent MCD polls.

Meanwhile, hundreds of AAP workers came out to the streets, demanding that paper trail-equipped EVMs or voter- verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) be used in future elections. "The way controversies are cropping in connection with EVM tampering, this needs due attention", said Desai. ECI also said that the "duplicate" EVM used by AAP MLA was made to be tampered. The EC said that VVPAT-enabled EVMs will be implemented by 2019.

"We will demonstrate and prove before the panel how EVMs can be tampered with the help of its ROM (read only memory)", Bharadwaj told the media.

"In addition to the EVM/VVPAT, the agenda will also cover making bribery in elections a cognisable offence, disqualification on framing of charges for the offences of bribery in elections and suggestions in VVPAT recount Rules", it had said in a statement last week.

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Commission highlighted the wide range of technical, administrative protocol and procedural safeguards that fortify the EVMs and VVPATs against any sort of manipulation or tampering. Giving a step-by-step demonstration of how tampering is allegedly done, he said there are different codes to rig an EVM to favour a party based on its position in the panel. To bolster its claim, Bhardwaj, a former engineer, claimed to have "proved" the "tamperability" of EVMs in the Delhi Assembly this week.

The Election Commission today convened an all-party meeting over the issue of EVM and other electoral reforms.

Meanwhile, PTI reported that the EC rejected the claim saying the machine hacked in the Delhi assembly was a "look-alike" gadget and not the actual equipment used by it.

"The machine used by the AAP to demonstrate that an EVM can be hacked was not really an EVM used by the Election Commission. We are not in favor of EVM that is what we are asking the introduction of ballot papers", Roy said.

"It is a fact that the EVMs can be hacked". "Paper trail machines should be installed".

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh also joined the chorus by saying, "The EC must have total transparency on the issue of hacking/cheating in EVMs".

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