EVM motherboards can be changed in 90 seconds: Arvind Kejriwal

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Before Bhardwajs demonstration, Kejriwal had tweeted, "Saurabh Bhardwaj will reveal the truth behind a big conspiracy in the country".

In the Assembly today, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj staged a "live demonstration" on how electronic voting machines can be programmed to favour any political party.

Conducting a mock poll on an EVM machine, Bharadwaj demonstrated how despite giving two votes each to various parties; the final count showed that votes of some parties had been transferred to one party.

The Election Commission denied his claim that EVMs can be programmed to favour any particular party. "The EC said that any "'look-alike" machine is just a different gadget, which is manifestly designed and made to function in a "tampered' manner and has no relevance, incidence or bearing on the Commission's EVMs". Once a machine is out of that zone, there is no guarantee for it. "I will demonstrate that the faith of democracy in India rests on machines that a simple man like me can manipulate", he said.

Bharadwaj used a machine that was a prototype built by IIT alumni and tested by experts.

"We have said that EC should give us an EVM".

During the demonstration, Bharadwaj said the EVM can be tampered in such a way that it also shows the correct results for a few votes. "With this demonstration, it has been proved that EVMs can actually be hacked", Bhardwaj claimed.

Based on a report by a TV channel, the BJP alleged there were dissimilarities in the figures which Delhi's ruling party gave about donations received by it to the Election Commission and the Income Tax department, and what was put out on its website. He said this can happen when someone enters the premises posing as a voter and then uses a secret code, which is used to manipulate the election.

The Election Commission has been claiming that EVMs are tamper-proof and had challenged that it be proven otherwise by parties making allegations about rigging. The code theory, it said, was independent of the number position of the candidate.

Bhardwaj, who represents the Greater Kailash constituency, claimed that in his capacity as an engineer, he had extensively worked in this area and was aware of how the machines can be fiddled with.

"When there is a meeting scheduled the next day, they could have waited to raise their concerns in the meet", the official said. "But the tampering is already done", he said.

"Hackers can use simple codes of EVMs to make any candidate win".

On his part, Mishra, who was suspended from AAP's primary membership yesterday, mocked it saying the party should stop living in "denial" and accept the fact that people do not vote for Kejriwal anymore. "But we didn't discuss that", he said.