AAP to hold ‘own’ hackathon on same day as EC’s EVM challenge

by Thursday, June 1st, 2017

New Delhi, June 1: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has planned a ‘EVM challenge’ on the same day when the Election Commission (EC) organises hackathon on June 3 in the capital.

Kejriwal addressing MCD councillors

AAP made this announcement today, after the Election Commission rejected the party’s ‘open hackathon’ request.
AAP’s Delhi unit secretary Saurabh Bharadwaj said that its EVM challenge will be ‘bigger and better’ than the one planned by the poll panel on the same day.

The party will invite wizards and technical experts from political parties, EC and also the companies which provide the EVMs to the poll panel, for the challenge.

Bhardwaj said the AAP challenge is open to all.

“Our challenge is open to everyone — all government and non-government technocrats and political parties. We invite Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi himself to come with technical experts and hack our duplicate EVM without manually working on it. Our aim is to prove that it can’t be done. Through this, we aim to prove that the Election Commission’s hackathon is a farce,” Bhardwaj said.

The machine to be tested in this exercise will be the same used by Bharadwaj in the Delhi Legislative Assembly last month to demonstrate how it can be tampered with.

The EC had called this machine a ‘look-alike’ and not an ‘ECI-EVM’.

For the EVM challenge announced by the Commission, only the Nationalist Congress Party and the Communist Party of India-Marxist have responded in affirmative.

In the EC’s challenge, the participants — three members per party — would be allowed to ‘physically examine’ EVMs and check circuits, chips and motherboard.

However, they will not be allowed to replace any part.

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