Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday attacked Election Commission of India for allegedly ‘backing-out’ from organising an Election Commission of India (EVM) hackathon. Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that people and political parties are concerned about the authenticity of the VVPAT machines. “Earlier, Election Commission itself said that it will organise a hackathon, why it is backing out now?” Sanjay Singh said. After an all-party meeting on held on May 12, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi had said a “challenge” was on the cards for political parties to prove that EVMs used in the recent assembly polls were tampered with.
“We hope the Election Commission tells us today when they will accept our (hackathon) challenge,” AAP leader and Delhi Minister Gopal Rai said. AAP, which held the meeting hours before the Election Commission’s press conference, said, “EC is only demonstrating in front of media… We request EC once again, that they should not do anything which reduces peoples’ faith in democracy.”
The Election Commission of India (EC) today demonstrated the working of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPATs), news agency ANI reported. He had also said that parties can try and prove that EVMs can be tampered with even under strict technical and administrative safeguards as applicable during elections.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had on Friday said that the live demo of EVMs and VVPATs by the EC will ensure credibility and the authenticity of the voting machine will be retained. “It is Election Commission’s duty to convince every citizen and every political party about the credibility of the EVM. It is between the election commission and the parties who are crying foul needlessly. I am sure that the Election Commission will ensure credibility and the authenticity of the EVMs will be retained,” BJP leader S Prakash told the agency.