Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday spoke on the Electronic Voting Machine controversy and said that the Election Commission had “backed out of the proposed hackathon”, which was necessary to make sure of the reliability of the Electronic Voting Machines. The Delhi Chief Minister had also said that the backing out was a “sad” move, PTI reported.
According to the report, the Aam Aadmi Party supremo’s comments came just hours after the poll panel had informed an all-party meeting that it would be offering them the opportunity to prove that the Electronic Voting Machines, that had been used in the recently concluded Assembly polls, had been tampered with.
Sad that EC has backed out of hackathon.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 12, 2017
Arvind Kejriwal went on Twitter and said, “Sad that EC has backed out of a hackathon.” Earlier in the day, the Election Commission had conducted an all-party meeting for conducting a discussion about the reliability of Electronic Voting Machines, and other electoral reforms, like the Aam Aadmi Party’s demands of using ballot boxes for elections. A debate over the definition of ‘hacking’ reportedly raged in the meeting.
Following the conclusion of the meeting, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia wanted to know the reasons as to why the poll panel was “scared” of organising a “hackathon” when the concerned Electronic Voting Machines could not be hacked into, PTI reported. “We had tampered with an EVM in the Delhi Assembly a few days back. We request the Election Commission to give us one of the EVMs used in the five state assembly polls and we will also hack into it,” the Deputy Chief Minister told reporters.