Monday, January 25, 2021
Home News Reports Congress and AAP spread EVM hacking theory after unused machines found outside strong rooms

Congress and AAP spread EVM hacking theory after unused machines found outside strong rooms

Political parties keep vigil on EVMs kept in strong rooms as allowed by rules and they will notice any attempt to tampering with EVMs

Congress and Aam Aadmi Party are continuing with their ‘EVMs are hacked’ theories during the ongoing assembly elections. Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel posted a video on Twitter on December and tweeted “This is absolutely shocking!” hinting at manipulation of EVMs.

The video showed a bus filled with Electronic Voting Machines. It was alleged that this was a school bus without a number plate, carrying EVMs to the strong room two days after the poll was over. Referring to this, supporters of Congress and some journalists started to spread an allegation that BJP was trying to manipulate the results of the election by tampering with the EVMs.

But the fact is that those EVMs were not used for polling, as they were reserve EVMs. During elections, Election Commission always keeps some extra EVMs ready, so that in case of any malfunction of EVMs used for polling is detected, they can be replaced immediately. After the polling is over, the unused EVMs are returned to the election commission office, they can’t be kept in the strong room.

It is important to note that, Congress leaders knew that those were reserve EVMs, still they chose to spread the misinformation that BJP was trying to manipulate the elections.

Similarly, on November 30, AAP leader and Delhi MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj had posted a video which showed two persons in a hotel room with two EVMs with them. He claimed that the persons in the hotel room were BJP leaders.

In the video, it is seen that some people confronted the persons handling the EVMs, post which it was revealed that they were government officials on election duty. They also informed that the EVMs kept in the room were extra machines i.e. reserve EVMs.

Reacting to both the incidents, the Election Commission has confirmed that these were incident of negligence by election officials where unused EVMs were carried in a casual manner, but no tampering with EVMs had happened.

The commission said that the officer who submitted the unused reserved EVMs seen in the bus has been suspended, as he has delayed in doing so. The commission also clarified that the persons seen in the hotel room were election officials and the room was booked by them, not by any BJP leader as the AAP minister claimed. EC said that while both the officials have been suspended, no evidence of tampering was found with the two EVMs. Both the EVMs were not used in elections.

Reacting to various allegations on EVM, Chief Electoral Officer of Madhya Pradesh reiterated that all EVMs are tamperproof, and all EVMs used in voting are safely secured and sealed in strong rooms. They also informed that the strong rooms were under joint surveillance of security forces and agents of political parties.

On the allegations that BJP was trying to place extra EVMs pre-loaded with BJP votes in the strong rooms, the EC refuted the allegations and informed that strong rooms are sealed and they have not been opened.

It is important to note that after elections are over, political parties always deploy workers to keep a vigil on the strong rooms till the day of the counting. And this is not new practice after the introduction of EVMs, this is an old practice continuing since ballot box days. Compared to imaginary EVM hacking, ballot box tampering was real and easy to do. To prevent this, parties and candidates used to keep a 24×7 surveillance on the strong rooms. According to rules, political parties are also allowed to be present at the time of sealing the strong rooms, and they can also put their own seals on the locks.

The Election Commission rules allow party representatives to keep a watch on the strong rooms from the outside of outermost security perimeter. For this purpose, they are allowed to stay in tents officially erected for them. Authorities also arrange for basic amenities like drinking water and toilets etc for them. The strong rooms are also kept under CCTV surveillance and the party representatives can see the live footage on screens arranged for them.

Like all parties, Congress has also deployed authorised agents to monitor the strong rooms, and one such party worker had died recently in Chhattisgarh for being outdoors for long hours in cold.

With such round the clock vigil allowed to political parties, along with official security provided by central forces, it is actually impossible to tamper with EVMs kept in the strong rooms. And the unused EVMs are not meant to be kept inside strong rooms. If they are kept, that will be actually tampering with the election process.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

 

Related Articles

Trending now

Delhi Police grants permission for Tractor Parade by farmer protesters on Republic Day: Details

Permission has been granted to the farmer protesters to conduct a tractor parade at Delhi on Republic Day, said Delhi Police.

Russian Government metaphorically spanks Shekhar Gupta’s The Print for peddling fake news, advises editors to focus on facts, not flashy headlines

MFA, Russia said that The Print's "attempt to create a sensation from nothing failed and looked ludicrous and helpless."

Rahul Gandhi says if farmers and labourers are strong, India does not need to deploy armed forces at Indo-China border

Rahul Gandhi said that if India's labourers, farmers and weavers were strong, China would never dare to come inside India.

Photograph of PM Modi landing in Kolkata goes viral, clocks over 1 million likes on Facebook in less than 24 hours

The photograph was captured after PM Modi reached Kolkata to pay tribute to Netaji Subash Chandra Bose on 'Parakram Diwas'

How to be “Godi media”? Learn from American ‘liberals’

It’s a classic case of projection. Liberals see their opponents as they themselves are. Fawning over their leaders in a way that would rival North Korean state television.

From Rafale jets to Bangladesh contingent: Here is what will make 2021 Republic Day Parade special

Rafale jets, Bangladesh Armed Forces, Ram Mandir and VIjaynagar Tableau are the few main attractions of Republic Day parade this year

Recently Popular

#BanSportsTak: Netizens angry after India Today owned sports channel claims Virat Kohli suffers from ‘disorder’

"It is a disorder for a captain to (be as aggressive as Virat Kohli). It might be acceptable for a player to have this aggression (but nor for a captain)," the journalist claimed.

‘I allow you housewives to have extra-marital affair with man of your choice’: Video of Mamata Banerjee’s ‘progressive’ speech goes viral

Mamata Banerjee says she is so "flexible" that she has given permission to housewives to have extra-marital affairs

Professor who translated Rahul Gandhi’s “don’t need army if farmers are strong” speech in Erode faints after the speech: Reports

Muhammed Imran, who translated Rahul Gandhi's speech at Erode, collapsed after interpreting the speech from English to Tamil

Gujarat Forest Dept to take legal action against Christian Evangelist Paul Dhinakaran over unauthorised use of the department’s logo

Website of Paul Dhinakaran claims of collaborating with the Gujarat Forest Department, a claim junked by the latter

How Brazil thanked India for sending Coronavirus vaccine doses: Pawan Putra Hanuman

President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has expressed his gratitude towards India and Prime Minister Modi for vaccine exports from our country.

Watch: Taking offence at Jai Shree Ram slogans, Mamata Banerjee walks off stage even as PM Modi and Bengal Governor look on

Mamata Banerjee who was sharing the stage with PM Modi, lamented "being disrespected" because she heard Jai Shree Ram slogans
- Advertisement -

 

The Rahul Gandhi blooper collection: When the Gandhi-scion goofed up and made zero sense at public rallies

Rahul Gandhi announced his return to India quintessentially by goofing-up public rallies recently, which has now taken the internet by storm.

Media houses spread fake news saying RBI is discontinuing old series of Rs.100, Rs.10 and Rs.5 notes from circulation

PIB said that RBI did not issue any order that says Rs.100, Rs.10 and Rs.5 notes will go out of circulation in March-April

Congress MP says Khalistanis are attempting to hijack farmer protests after party accused govt of maligning farmers for saying the same

Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu says Khalistanis are attempting to hijack farmer protests after being booed away.

Madhya Pradesh Protem Speaker Rameshwar Sharma sends Ramayana to WB CM Mamata Banerjee

Rameshwar Sharma, Protem Speaker of Madhya Pradesh, asked Banerjee if she is under pressure of extremists, and sent her a copy of Ramayana

Farmer protestor writes to PM Modi’s mother requesting her to order the PM to scrap the farm laws

Harpreet Singh said that mothers can pull the ear of son, and hoped that Modi's mother will order the PM to revoke the farm laws

Delhi Police grants permission for Tractor Parade by farmer protesters on Republic Day: Details

Permission has been granted to the farmer protesters to conduct a tractor parade at Delhi on Republic Day, said Delhi Police.

Pakistan-sponsored Islamic terrorists hiding in launch pads to infiltrate into India to carry out attacks: Intelligence reports

Intelligence reports say that terrorists have been given clear instructions to carry out attacks on Army installations in Kashmir.

‘This is Tulsi Gabbard’: Former US Congresswoman announces the launch of her podcast

On the 22nd of January, she released a video on YouTube announcing that 'This is Tulsi Gabbard' will be launched soon.

While India administers over a million vaccine doses in a week, Pakistan awaits its ‘unsafe gift’ from China

Pakistan is world's fifth most populous country but it is amongst the 51 countries which is yet to start immunisation program for its citizens.

Professor who translated Rahul Gandhi’s “don’t need army if farmers are strong” speech in Erode faints after the speech: Reports

Muhammed Imran, who translated Rahul Gandhi's speech at Erode, collapsed after interpreting the speech from English to Tamil

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
496,912FollowersFollow
22,900SubscribersSubscribe