The much talked-out about Election Voting Machine hackathon will take place from 3rd June onwards at New Delhi’s Nirvachan Sadan headquarters, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said on Saturday. “The EVM challenge will start from June 3,” Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said, addressing a press conference. He said people who had questioned reliability of EVMs have not yet submitted any proof or credible material to support their claim. “Our machines are totally different than the ones used in countries like Ireland. Our machines are tamper proof.” Announcing that VVPATs will be used in all future elections, Zaidi added that India will be proud and will have a sense of achievement with 100 per cent paper audit trail in the system. Telling more about the hackathon, Zaidi said that any non-ECI machines will immediately get detected due to mismatch of ballot unit and control unit. Assuring that the current machines are completely tamper proof, Zaidi said that no Trojan Horse (virus) can be introduced in EVMs to alter results as chips are one-time programmable.
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Zaidi clarified that ECs are standalone and not connected to internet which makes manipulation impossible. “A mock poll is conducted on each EVM before it is finally released, each micro-chip has a unique identification number and a digital signature of the manufacturer. Therefore, any attempt to change a microchip is detectable,” Zaidi said. “Advanced encryption technology, one-time programmable chip, tamper detection and self diagnostic features in the new generation EVMs will ensure that the machines are tamper proof,” he added.
Earlier, 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.