EVM row: Delhi CM questions EC’s hacking challenge

RSTV Bureau

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today questioned the Election Commission’s “open challenge” to political parties and experts to prove that EVMs can be manipulated.

FILE: New Delhi: File photo of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing a press conference in New Delhi with Dy CM Manish Sisodia. Photo - PTI

FILE: New Delhi: File photo of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing a press conference in New Delhi with Dy CM Manish Sisodia.
Photo – PTI

Kejriwal wondered why the Commission was not coming out with any official statement and pushing the news of the reported challenge through “sources” instead.

“Why are these stories ascribed to “sources”? How  credible are they? Why hasn’t EC issued any formal statement?Or is it just a plant? Has anyone actually seen any official statement from CEC? Am trying to get it since evening. Is this news correct?” he said in a series of tweets.

The Election Commission has thrown an open challenge to political party leaders, daring them to hack the voting machines on Tuesday.

“Come try hack our EVMs and show they can be tampered with, the Election Commission said, inviting political parties and experts to the “open challenge”. They said the challenge will be open for a week or 10 days and will have various levels

 

Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi

Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi

The invitation, given to political parties, scientists and technicians, will be available from the first week of May to prove whether the EVMs could be hacked or not.

The move comes days after the opposition parties demanded replacement of EVMs with ballot paper. A 13 member delegation of opposition members also met President Pranab alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party was indulging in EVM tampering in the recently held five state elections.