The Election Commission of India’s Electronic Voting Machine challenge is scheduled to begin at 10 AM on Saturday. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and CPI (M) were the only parties that registered to take up the challenge to hack the EVMs. Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party will also hold an EVM challenge of its own today. AAP is also inviting people to test the voting machine MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj had used in the Delhi Assembly to ‘prove’ EVM tampering.
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Jun 3, 2017 8:43 am (IST)
The Chief Election Commissioner of India Nasim Zaidi had thrown open a challenge to all the technocrats and political parties to prove that EVMs used in the electoral process can be tampered with.
Jun 3, 2017 8:41 am (IST)
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Jun 3, 2017 8:40 am (IST)
AAP wants the EC to allow participants to try and tinker with the machine’s mother board. The poll panel says that the EVM would lose its “originality” if the internal circuit was tampered with.
The election watchdog has also dismissed the demonstration the AAP held inside the Delhi Assembly to prove EVM tampering, saying it was a “lookalike” EVM and not one of those used by the Election Commission.
Jun 3, 2017 8:36 am (IST)
The Congress Party, along with the AAP, raised some issues and decided not to take a part in the challenge.
Jun 3, 2017 8:34 am (IST)
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Jun 3, 2017 8:32 am (IST)
How did the controversy around ‘EVM hackathon’ begin?
Several TV channels on Wednesday ran source-based news that the EC was planning to hold a week or 10-day-long challenge where EVMs would be deployed at its headquarters in New Delhi and all doubters will be given an opportunity to hack the machines. The story also appeared prominently in most newspapers on Thursday. While it’s a mystery who these sources are, and how they reached almost all TV channels and newspapers, no such official communication has come from the EC.
Jun 3, 2017 8:30 am (IST)
Has such a hackathon ever taken place?
The last time such an event took place was in 2009 when 100 machines from different parts of the country were kept at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. According to the EC, no one could hack the EVMs that time.
Jun 3, 2017 8:29 am (IST)
BSP Supremo Mayawati was the first leader to have questioned the credibility of the EVMs after receiving a severe drubbing at the hands of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Assembly elections 2017.
Jun 3, 2017 8:24 am (IST)
AAP to Hold EVM Challenge of Its Own
Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will hold an EVM challenge of its own today, coinciding with the Election Commission’s hackathon, where it will invite people to test the voting machine MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj had used in the Delhi Assembly to ‘prove’ EVM tampering.
Jun 3, 2017 8:22 am (IST)
NCP, CPI (M) Only Parties to Participate in Election Commission’s EVM Challenge
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and CPI (M) were the only two parties that registered to take up the challenge to hack into the EVMs.
The Aam Aadmi Party, arguably the most vociferous critic of the EVM, refused to participate in the event under the existing framework of the challenge.
Jun 3, 2017 8:19 am (IST)
The Election Commission said its much-hyped EVM challenge is “on” as scheduled today at 10 am after the Uttarakhand High Court rejected a plea questioning the constitutionality of the move.