New Delhi: The Election Commission on Monday took strong exception to the reports of an event being organised in London to demonstrate that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) could be tampered with.
The poll panel said it was “wary of becoming a party to this motivated slugfest and stands by empirical facts about the foolproof nature of EVMs”.
On the EVMs, it said, “These EVMs are manufactured in Bharat Electronics Ltd. & Electronics Corporation of India Ltd. under very strict supervisory and security conditions. There are rigorous Standard Operating Procedures observed under the supervision of a committee of technical experts constituted in 2010.”
The EC would also examine what legal action could and should be taken in the matter.
Meanwhile, at the event, the hacker, who went by the name of Syed Shuja, wasn’t present at the venue but connected via video conferencing. Congress leader Kapil Sibal was present to see how an EVM could be hacked.
Shuja reportedly kept his face covered. He claimed the 2014 general elections were rigged and that all political parties were guilty. He alleged that senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde was killed because he knew about the rigging of EVMs.
Taking questions from journalists, however, Shuja reportedly failed to substantiate any of his claims. The man claimed he was a former member of Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) and was part of the team that devised the EVMs used in 2014.
Reacting to the event, Union minister and senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “The Congress has a lot of freelancers, who sometimes reach even Pakistan to take help for removing Modi Ji .They are making a hacking horror show of their possible defeat in the upcoming elections.”
Naqvi also didn’t miss the opportunity to point out how senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal was also there at the London event. “Kapil Sibal didn’t go by accident. He was sent by the Congress, by Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. Jin logon ko bhi desh aur desh ki loktantrik vyavastha ko badnaam karne ki supari di gayi hai, us supari ko lekar yaha se koi dakiya to jaana chahiye na. Two wo dakiya bheja gaya hai (They have paid someone to destabilise the democratic set-up of this country so someone needed to be sent with the supari, and he (Sibal) was sent.”