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EVM Can Be Hacked in India? US Cyber Expert to Display Live Hacking of Electronic Voting Machine in London Today Ahead of Lok Sabha Elections 2019

Soon after Shuja's press meet in London, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the opposition will take up with the Election Commission the claims made by the US-based cyber expert that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) can be hacked. He said he was part of a team that had designed the machines used in the 2014 election.

His comments come a day after a self-proclaimed Indian cyber expert claimed in London that the EVMs could be hacked and that the 2014 parliamentary election was "rigged".

Shuja said some of his team members were killed and he was also allegedly attacked but survived. "It is important that the elections are not only free and fair but the voters must also believe it is free and fair", he added.

In its statement, the Election Commission referred to the event in London and said it has been wary of becoming a party to "this motivated slugfest" but it firmly stands by the "empirical facts about the foolproof nature of ECI EVMS deployed in elections in India".

Addressing a room full of journalists in London via a Skype call from an unknown location in the US, Shuja made one startling claim after the other and accused some of the biggest political parties in the country of being part of a conspiracy that involves not just corruption and the subversion of democratic processes, but also murder.

A stranger named Syed Shuja, claiming to be a hacker, on Monday, claimed that so many elections have been hacked in India since 2014 Lok Saba elections. The system of voting in India has long abandoned ballot boxes and switched to Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), which have done away with physical counting of votes and are deemed to be efficient, time-saving and infallible.

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He, however, said that since the General Elections are approaching therefore at least the Election Commission should allow 50 percent VVPAT slips per constituency be randomly counted to ensure there is no electoral rigging. By raising questions over the use of EVMs for polling, the allegations tried to exploit our basic fears that often stem from a lack of understanding about the topic.

"In Delhi Assembly elections, transmission initiated by the BJP IT was intercepted".

Shuja said the hacking was done by pinging EVMs at 7 Hertz, a low military-grade frequency, and that one needed "a graphite-based transmitter" to do the hacking. We are working closely together and decided on Jan 19 itself to consistently take up the matter with EC. "But, it can be verified also", he said, commenting on the charges made by Shuja. "In Delhi Assembly elections, transmission initiated by the BJP IT was intercepted".

He said he met a prominent Indian journalist and told him the whole story about the alleged EVM rigging.

However, the allegations took a political turn after Congress leader Kapil Sibal was seen at the press conference.

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