The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has said that a delegation would meet the Election Commission on Thursday, demanding that VVPAT-equipped Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) be used for all elections in the future.
During the special day-long session of the Delhi Assembly, AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj got a machine similar to the EVMs and gave a demo about the same.
"(EVM tampering) is risky for democracy and the country.
And Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has been campaigning against alleged EVM tampering, threw down a challenge saying the AAP could change EVM motherboards in 90 seconds.
The Election Commission today hit out at the Aam Aadmi Party, saying by hacking a "look-alike" electronic voting machine, it can not influence the electorate and vilify the EVMs used by it.
One demand that is sure to come up at the all-party meeting on Friday is that EVMs be done away with altogether, and only ballot papers be used in polls henceforth - something the AAP had called for before the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections. "Just let us inside the government store room with the EVMs in Gujarat and we will hack them if you wish", Bhardwaj said in Delhi Assembly on Tuesday. "They must give access to EVMs to techies to prove their point". "In randomly picked 25 per cent of total polling booths in a constituency, EVM counting results must be tallied with the VVPAT slips to check the accuracy of the EVM machines", the AAP's memorandum of demands said.
Sixteen opposition parties had recently told the Commission that it should revert to the paper ballot system, claiming that the faith of the people has "eroded" in the machines. The party had used an EMV prototype to make the demonstration. It is being said that after this meeting, Election Commission Hackathon (EVM Tempering) can be allowed.
To gather support, the Aam Aadmi Party had also invited Trinamool Congress (TMC), Janata Dal (U), Samajwadi Party and CPI (M) to be present at the Speaker's gallery.
Sacked Delhi Minister Kapil Mishra shows copies of his complaint alleging irregularities in the AAP prior to approaching the CBI. Bhardwaj asked. The AAP has deputed Bhardwaj, along with two technical experts, at the all-party meeting on Friday.
The date for the suggested "hackathon", where politics parties will be given a free hand to try to tamper with EVMs keep in EC strong rooms.
The official also questioned the need for the demonstration in the Assembly a day ahead of the meeting convened by the poll panel to discuss issues related to EVMs and Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail.