Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s Saurabh Bharadwaj today provided a live demo on how an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) can be hacked. The demo was given in the Delhi Assembly. However, the machine used by Saurabh was only a prototype and not the actual machine that is used in elections. As per law, no individual can own the EVMs used during elections. Saurabh was a software engineer prior to joining politics, and he said that his IT background helped him to understand how EVMs can be hacked. Saurabh used a machine that resembled an EVM and he claimed that the machine can be hacked by using certain secret codes. He demonstrated how the machine can be rigged in favor of a particular candidate.
Responding to the live demo by AAP’s Saurabh Bharadwaj, the Election Commission (EC) has challenged the party to perform the same trick on a real EVM. It may be recalled that the EC has already announced that it will be conducting a hackathon to clear all doubts related to the misuse of EVMs. However, the exact date has yet to be finalized. It is likely to be held at the end of May. Political pundits said that AAP conducted the live demo inside Delhi Assembly since it will protect it from prosecution, since statements and actions in the assembly are exempt from legal action. It is also being said that blaming the EVMs has become a standard for losing parties and candidates nowadays, since it helps the party retain the sympathy of those who may have voted for it.