Open Hacking Challenge at End of May, says Election Commission

The electronic voting machine (EVM) has been the centre of a lot of controversy lately, with political parties left, right and centre levelling allegations that it has been rigged, hacked or otherwise tampered with to give the BJP an unfair advantage in elections.

While AAP's Saurabh Bharadwaj, who is said to be an engineer, demonstrated how codes could be used to turn votes to favour any particular party, Kejriwal dared the EC to hand over their machines for AAP to demonstrate how they could be hacked as well.

The poll panel intends to use VVPAT units attached with EVMs in the coming elections for greater transparency and to keep voters' confidence in the electoral process. Rao wondered why the EC was "reluctant" to invite those who had filed petitions in the Supreme Court challenging the reliability of EVMs and technical experts to the all-party meeting the poll watchdog had convened on May 12. He is unanimously telling that EVM's are being tampered by the ruling party of India "BJP".

He said the AAP is ready to demonstrate before the panel about how the EVMs could have tampered.

The MLA said it was "not a coincidence" that all reports of faulty EVMs "are of those (machines) that favoured the BJP and the BJP happens to be the ruling party".

Digvijaya Singh tweeted: It is the responsibility of Election Commission to convince every Indian that EVM is 100% fool proof and in no case can be tampered.

A delegation led by Rai met the officials of the Election Commission and submitted them a memorandum of three demands.

While the commission has put to rest the rumours of Hackathon, it is likely to open its doors to techies from various parties to prove how the EVMs were allegedly tampered with in the recent elections.

Zaidi also said the Commission has "no favourites" and it was equidistant from all parties. After the all party meeting we will make our strategy.

And Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has been campaigning against alleged EVM tampering, threw down a challenge saying the AAP could change EVM motherboards in 90 seconds.

While the election commission has not filled the "weak" points of the whole EVM theory, the opposition has the edge. "So, in 2013-14, the AAP showed a donation amount of Rs 50.64 crore in the affidavit, Rs 19.82 crore on its party website, but to the EC it told that the figure stood at only Rs 6 crore".

From all India Trinamool Congress's perspective, Mukul Roy demanded reintroduction of paper ballot system. Bhardwaj went on to add that the Commission has denied access to EVMs, from the states of Uttarakhand, Punjab and even Delhi, which could have been tampered with.

  • Leroy Wright