1. AAP challenges EC, to hold separate EVM hackathon on June 3

AAP challenges EC, to hold separate EVM hackathon on June 3

The Aam Aadmi Party has decided to hold its own EVM challenge on June 3

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 1, 2017 2:42 PM
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After the Election Commission of Indian (EC) refused Aam Aadmi Party’s request of tampering with the motherboard, the party has now decided tamperings own EVM challenge on June 3, reported news agency ANI. The announcement was made during a press conference which was held by AAP leaders Saurabh Bharadwaj, Dilip Pandey and Gopal Rai. The party has invited all the technical experts of including that of Election Commission to take part in the hacking challenge. Interestingly, the Election Commission is set to organise an EVM challenge on June 3 as well. “We have conveyed to EC that we will hold EVM hackathon on the day of EC’s EVM challenge,” Saurabh Bhardwaj was quoted saying by ANI.

So far, only CP (M) and NCP are the only opposition parties that have agreed to participate in the EC’s challenge. “We are not saying that we will hack it (EVMs), but we will tell (the EC) what additional precautions can be taken and in what way (to ensure transparent poll process), we will suggest that,” CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury was quoted saying by PTI on Wednesday.

Watch Saurabh Bharadwaj’s statement:

Yesterday, Bharat Electronics Ltd, the makers of Electronic voting machines (EVMs) said they cannot be tampered with and are ‘safe’. “Our EVMs are independent machines not connected to any network, not connected to internet through which you can hack. They are simple calculators,” BEL CMD M V Gowtama was quoted saying by PTI.

“In electronics you can design the way in which you want, but what we have designed is for the Indian election system, for the specification given by the Election Commission and verified by independent technical expert committee and quality verified by independent government body STQC (Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification),” Gowtama added.

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    Satyam Pateriya
    Jun 1, 2017 at 3:28 pm
    And which EVM they will use? The same look-alike EVM they used in Delhi embly!! how one can trust the duplicate copy of any machine. Initially they were tel that EVM can be hacked, now they want to change motherboard. If you change the CPU of a computer, how it will remain same, it will be another machine. May be one day AAP will conduct their own elections. Come on, stop all this drama and accept the defeat because of your corruption and arrogance.
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      JAYAPRAKASH NAVALOUR
      Jun 1, 2017 at 3:07 pm
      Bharat is going to a dangerous situation by giving over freedom to say & do anything and everything against the government & National Integrity...pity & alarming.
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        salil
        Jun 1, 2017 at 2:50 pm
        Its just a matter waste of time and resources like money. This was not required at any point in time. If its is done now then as it should be made into practice to be done after every election or before.
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          S.T.CHANDRASEKHAR Babu
          Jun 1, 2017 at 2:43 pm
          EC as a cons utional body should ensure and ure the country that EVM process is foolproof instead of throwing challenges like a cheap 3rd cl vendor.What is the technical competency of EC members to say the EVMs fool proof. Though i am not technically qualified to talk about that , when entire globe is hacked , Do you think this is impossible ?c
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            Sridhara Hiriyannaiah
            Jun 1, 2017 at 3:33 pm
            What is definition of Hacking? Are the EVMs connected to any servers through which they can be hacked. A hacker of a web site or any system will do it online. Will he come and ask your Computer, your ID and Password? So be ured that EVMs can never be hacked. Coming to tampering, the machines are sealed and seal is verified by the EC officials in presence of Political parties before start. So that is ruled out. EC will not and cannot have any understanding with any political party to change the mother board of thousands of machines and programme it to vote for any one party. {lease try to understand and don't rush to defence of APE party
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