The challenge thrown by the Election Commission following the opposition parties cry in the assembly that the EVM can be tampered, is accepted by NCP and CPI-M. The Election Commission said that the EVM’s are the safest in the world and cannot be tampered and that those who wanted to prove it can do so after June 3rd, Chief Election Commissioner, Najib Jung said.
Irony is that the parties which cried foul – Aam Aadmi Party whose member demonstrated the same with the dummy EVM in the assembly and Bahujan Samaj Party has decided to stay away from the challenge. The last date to challenge the credibility of EVM was on 26th May.
RJD too did send the request via an email but it arrived only at 5:39PM missing the deadline of 5PM, the Election Commission said.
The challenge would take place on June 3 between 10 am and 2 pm at Nirvachan Sadan, the EC headquarters. There will be two counters for the two parties to try and hack the machines. Both will get four hours each for the task. Each participating party will have 3 members and can use four machines that were deployed in the recently conducted elections in the UP, Punjab and Uttarkhand.
NCP’s Rajya Sabha MP Vandana Chavan will lead the party’s team and will have Gaurav Jachak, said to be an advocate, and Yasin Hussain Shaikh, an IT expert.
Delhi’s Deputy CM and leader of AAP, Manish Sisodia said
“Is the EC holding a hackathon? The EC is itself saying that it is not holding any hackathon, then from where did the question of backtracking come from.”
“You (the EC) are saying not to touch, open the machines or carry any tool for the exercise. You are asking to challenge it. You cannot simply keep the machine before us and then ask us to hack it. It is the EC that has backtracked. If you want to hack the machines then you should allow us to touch it.”