Aam Aadmi Paty (AAP) leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today put forward three proposals before the Election Commission. The poll body has convened an all-party meeting to discuss and to underline the credibility and trustworthiness of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Sisodia, who was among the AAP representatives in the meeting, tweeted that the EC “refused to carry out a hackathon.” The EC will only throw a challenge asking the parties to prove that machines used in the past elections were tampered with, his tweet reads. His post has been re-tweeted by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. In his post, Sisodia listed 3 proposals, here they are:
1. The EC to provide AAP with a machine that the party will try to hack
2. Use VVPAT machine on all booths in all upcoming elections and make a rule for the counting of 25 per cent VVPAT slips in all Assembly.
3. Make arrangements for political funding of all parties 100 per cent transparent. Stop present government from making arrangement for corporate funding via back gate. He says ‘this is dangerous for democracy. In this, anyone giving Rs 2000 to a party is held accountable but no one know about the one gives crores of rupees’.
Check out Manish Sisodia’s tweet
EC ने हैकाथन कराने से मना किया। कहा-हम सिर्फ यह साबित करने का चैलेंज देंगे कि पिछले चुनाव की मशीनों में टेम्परिंग हुई थी। ‘आप’ के सुझाव – pic.twitter.com/dYPyvCNCJA
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) May 12, 2017
At the day-long meeting, which started with the opening remarks of Chief Election Commission Nasim Zaidi, the Commission was expected to seek views of political parties on the proposed challenge it plans to throw to hack its EVMs. The date of the proposed challenge would be decided after the all-party meeting, it was said, PTI reports.
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All the seven national and 35 of the 48 state recognised political parties are attending the meeting. A detailed presentation on electronic voting machines’ security features will be made by the EC top brass to prove that the machines are tamper-proof — a fear raised by the opposition parties. Days before the meet, the Aam Admi Party had staged a demonstration on hacking voting machine’ in the Delhi Assembly. The party had used an EVM prototype to make the demonstration.
The EC had trashed the AAP’s claim, saying the ‘machine is a look-alike and not the ECI-EVM’. Some parties have demanded they be allowed access to the machines used in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.
Sixteen opposition parties had recently told the Commission that it should revert to the paper ballot system claiming that the faith of the people has “eroded” in the machines. Several parties, including AAP, BSP and Congress had blamed tampered machines for the victory of BJP in the recently-held assembly polls. Disqualifying candidates named in a charge sheet for bribing voters, making electoral graft a non-bailable offence and easing of rules to order counting of votes through paper trail are some of the other issues Election Commission will discuss with political parties tomorrow, the PTI report said.
“The Election Commission has convened a meeting with all recognised national and state political parties on May 12 in New Delhi to discuss issue related to EVM and VVPAT. “In addition to the EVM/VVPAT, the agenda will also cover making bribery in elections a cognisable offence, disqualification on framing of charges for the offences of bribery in elections and suggestions in VVPAT recount rules,” it had said in a statement last week.