Well clearly, nothing seems to be going well with Arvidn Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). With the tiffs growing within the party after former Water Minister Kapil Mishra revolted against the AAP chief, the troubles have only gotten bigger for Kejriwal. And now, Delhi Chief Minister has started the whole Electronic Voting Machines or EVMs tampering debate once again.
In the recently concluded elections, AAP had created a lot of uproar, saying that the EVMs were actually tampered. And now the party fielded their engineer-turned-politician Saurabh Bhardwaj to ‘prove’ that tampering of EVMs is, in fact, possible. In Delhi Assembly on Tuesday, the party got an EVM and claimed that the prototype is similar to the one use by the Election Commission.
AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj carried two units, and claimed that anyone knowing a ‘secret code’ can tamper with the EVMs and feeding the code into the machine is too easy. He demonstrated it while everyone watched. Here’s the video –
However, the Election Commission has outrightly denied the allegations, saying that it is ‘not possible’ to tamper with the EVMs, as ‘proved’ by Saurabh Bhardwaj.
The Election Commission of India asserted that machines are full-proof, and gave several reasons for the same. Assuring that machine is electronically protected, they said that program of the machines is burnt into a masked chip and therefore it cannot be tampered with.
The EC said that a group of two-three engineers design the source code, and this work is not sub contracted. After a series of evaluations have been done, machine code of the source program cod is given to the controller manufacturer. And this source code cannot be read. The source code is never handed over to anyone outside the software group.