Election panel’s EVM Challenge today, AAP to conduct its own

RSTV Bureau

The Election Commission of India will hold ‘EVM tamper’ challenge to political parties at its headquarters on Saturday Morning.

File photo: Poll officials checking their electronic voting machines (EVMs) in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

File photo: Poll officials checking their electronic voting machines (EVMs) in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

Commission has made arrangements for the two participating national parties – Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in its office.

As per available details fourteen Electronic Voting Machines will be to the representatives of NCP and the CPI(M) to tamper with outcomes of election results.  EC has organised more than 10 machines that were recently used in elections in Uttar Pradesh for the hackathon, where political parties will try to prove in Delhi that the machines can be rigged

At the hackathon, hackers will get five hours – from 10 am to 2 pm – and access to four machines each. The participants – 3 members per party – can “physically examine” EVMs and check circuits, chips and motherboard, but cannot replace any part

Meanwhile, Aam Admi Party, which alleged hacking of voting machines after five state Election Results is holding a separate hackathon in its party office.

AAP has announced to organise its own EVM challenge 3, after the Election Commission rejected the party’s ‘open hackathon’ request

The party has invited technical experts from political parties, the Election Commission and also the companies which provide the electronic voting machines (EVMs) to the poll panel, for the challenge

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. EC had already called the machine a “look-alike” and not an “ECI-EVM”