Allow us to randomly pick EVMs from strong room, AAP writes to EC

AAP national secretary Pankaj Kumar Gupta said, "It has been reported through several media outlets that the Election Commission will soon allow political parties to examine EVMs with their expert teams. We are really thankful to EC for accepting our proposal."

Even before the Election Commission (EC) has come out with any statement accepting Aam Aadmi Party's demand to allow it to examine the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the Arvind Kejriwal party has thanked it for doing the same. AAP has also asked EC to allow it to randomly choose EVMs and provide their specific details.

In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi today, AAP national secretary Pankaj Kumar Gupta said, "It has been reported through several media outlets that the Election Commission will soon allow political parties to examine EVMs with their expert teams. We are really thankful to EC for accepting our proposal."

The letter further asked EC to provide to AAP the details such as model number, chip number and manufacturer of the components used in the EVMs, such as microcontrollers and chips for storage and memory or for any other purpose, since no official information is available regarding the configuration of the machines.

AAP has expected EC to allow it to pick variants of EVMs (machines with different software and hardware) used for conducting elections. More specifically, AAP It wants to choose those EVMs which were recently used in the state elections of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

AAP has demanded that it be allowed to choose these EVMs randomly from a strong room instead of the Commission providing it specific machines, "so as not to give a chance for concerns that the machines provided are those specifically prepared for demonstration or examination.

The demands come a couple of days after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that the software of the EVMs is bugged. He had dared EC to hand over EVMs to him for 72 hours to prove his claim.

However, EC had outright refuted Kejriwal's allegations and denied that the EVMs could be rigged.

The controversy surrounding EVMs has gathered storm. The matter was raised in Parliament today. The Rajya Sabha was adjourned after the Opposition raised it strongly.

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