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AAP Leaders To Launch 'Save Democracy Movement' Outside EC Office Against EVM Tampering Today[/caption]
The Aam Aadmi Party will take its fight against EVMs to the doorstep of the Election Commission on Thursay, demanding that VVPAT-equipped voting machines be used in all future elections.
Casting aside the poll panel's assertion that EVMs cannot be manipulated, the party claimed that its MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj's "live demonstration" in the Delhi Assembly on Tuesday had "conclusively proven" that EVMs can be rigged.
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The party announced that its Delhi MLAs and senior leaders will lead a protest rally - 'Save Democracy Movement' in front of the Election Commission office in Central Delhi at about 11 am on Thursday.
AAP Delhi convenor Gopal Rai told a news conference that the party would participate in an all-party meeting called by the EC on the issue on May 12 and decide the next course of action based on its outcome.
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"The Commission in its response said we used a dummy and not an actual machine in yesterday's demonstration. We request the EC to arrange a hackathon. We will show how its own machines can be rigged," Rai said.
Apart from demanding that voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT)-equipped EVMs be used, the party will approach the EC with the request that votes registered in EVMs and paper trails of 25 per cent randomly chosen booths be tallied, Rai said.
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The VVPAT-equipped EVMs dispense a paper slip which helps a voter confirm that his vote has indeed gone to the candidate of his choice.
Participating in a discussion on the issue during a daylong special session of the Delhi Assembly on Tuesday, Saurabh Bhardwaj claimed that a voting machine could be manipulated by simply feeding it with a "secret code".
Using what his party claimed was a "prototype EVM" developed by "a group of IITians", Bhardwaj, himself an engineer, showed how it could be tampered with to favour a particular candidate.