EC holds EVM hackathon, little participation from NCP, CPI(M)

RSTV Bureau
File photo: Election officials inspecting electronic voting machines ahead of voting.

File photo: Election officials inspecting electronic voting machines ahead of voting.

The Election Commission held the EVM hacking challenge on Saturday, but there was little participation from NCP and CPI(M), the only two parties involved in the four-hour event.

“This was a mutual learning exercise,” CEC Nasim Zaidi said in a press conference after the event.

The challenge started with a detailed demonstration on the various security checks in the machine.

Though the four-hour challenge began at 10 am, the NCP and the CPI(M) were yet to try their hand at hacking the electronic voting machines.

The CPI(M) delegation watched a demonstration on the various security checks involved with the machines, while the NCP team interacted with Commission’s technical committee of experts.

The two parties were provided with four EVMs each brought to Delhi from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand where they were used in the recently-held assembly polls.

The challenge was organised after several major opposition parties had claimed that the EVMs were not tamper proof but the EC maintained that the Electronic Voting Machines could not be meddled with.

BSP and AAP, along with other parties, had alleged that the machines used in the recent assembly elections were tampered with to favour the BJP. Parties also demanded that EC revert to VVPAT paper trail machines instead of EVMs.

However, NCP and CPI (M) were the only parties that accepted EVM hackathon challenge even though the poll panel had invited seven national and 49 state parties for the challenge.

A technical committee which helps the EC in evaluating the EVMs, was to judge the event.

(With inputs from PTI)