Hundreds of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activists on Thursday protested outside the Election Commission headquarters here against alleged tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs) during recent state polls.
It will offer opportunity to political parties to demonstrate that EVM used in recent elections were tampered with or that EVMs can be tampered with even under strict technical and administrative safeguards as applicable during elections, Zaidi said.
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.
Articulating AAP's demand, Bharadwaj said any party could name five booths where they suspected EVMs had been tampered with.
Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Brinda Karat said the party supports use of paper trail system in each and every election.
Earlier this week, AAP lawmaker Saurabh Bharadwaj had demonstrated in the Delhi Assembly, how an EVM could be tampered with.
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Claiming that electronic voting machines (EVMs) can be tampered with "in several ways", two activists today challenged the Election Commission (EC) to prove the reliability of the machines in the presence of global experts. "The commission has proposed that there should be a specific section enabling the commission to take appropriate action, including countermanding of elections", EC agenda note says.
Interestingly, leaders of the Congress, the Trinamool Congress, the Janata Dal (United) and the Rastriya Janata Dal were present on the gallery of the House when Bhardwaj staged the demonstration. "Secondly, we want that the Supreme Court's 2013 order of conducting elections by VVPAT should be implemented, and third, voting machine and the slips should be tallied", Rai told ANI. "The votes are marked for a particular party via set codes, while in case of the tampering, the codes are manipulated with a particular party's code". Techie-turned politician Saurabh Bhardwaj held a 30-minute session in the assembly to back his party's claim.
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. The EC said that VVPAT-enabled EVMs will be implemented by 2019.
"Very simply put, 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.
Last month, 16 Opposition parties had urged the EC to revert to paper ballots.
Outside the assembly, Kejriwal dared the Election Commission.