EC’s EVM hacking challenge begins, 2 parties have a go

by Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

New Delhi, June 3: The Election Commission’s EVM challenge began today in the national capital. However, only Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and CPI(M) have come forward to participate in the challenge.

The Election Commission announced that a total of 14 EVMs will be made available to representatives of Sharad Pawar’s party and the Left, who hope to prove that the Election Commission is wrong and that the equipment used by it can be gamed, as alleged by a series of political parties.

Hackers will get four hours – from 10 am to 2 pm – and access to four machines each. The other EVMs will be kept as back up.

The Commission pulled out 14 Electronic Voting Machines for the challenge from its strong rooms in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand where assembly polls were held recently.

The challenge was organised after several major opposition parties had claimed that the faith of people in the machines has eroded. After the UP assembly polls, BSP, Aam Aadmi Party, Congress and others had questioned the EVMs alleging that they were tampered with.

However, when the poll body invited all parties to participate in the challenge, the AAP and Congress raising some issue with the existing framework of challenge, decided not to take part. The challenge will begin at 10 AM and end at 2 PM and the challengers will get four hours each to tamper with the EVM machines.

The NCP and CPI(M) have nominated three representatives each. The members of a technical committee which helps the ECI to evaluate the EVMs, will judge the proceedings.

Meanwhile, CPI(M) has said, it will not try to hack EVM during the challenge, but will suggest precautionary measures to ensure transparent polls. But, the Aam Admi Party has planned to organize its own EVM challenge today to show that EVMs can be tampered.

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