The Election Commission’s ‘EVM challenge’ where the political parties will be allowed to prove that electronic voting machines (EVMs) can be hacked has begun, according to a report by the Indian Express. The challenge was announced by the Election Commission after Uttarakhand High Court dismissed a petition that had questioned the constitutionality of the event. The PIL was filed by a state Congress leader questioning the constitutional correctness of the EC move. However, a division bench of justices Rajeev Sharma and Sharad Sharma gave the green signal to the EVM challenge.
The court had also instructed that as a form of greater good of the public, all national, state and other political parties, NGOs and individuals, electronic media, press, radio, social media, and other platforms have been barred from criticising the use of EVMs in the recent state assembly elections until the decision of election-related petitions are pending in the court of law, reported PTI.
However, Aam Aadmi Party which questioned the tampering of the machines following its defeat in the Punjab and Goa polls, will conduct its own ‘hackathon’ today after its request of an ‘open hackathon’ was shot down by the Election Commission. The hackathon by AAP will be organised simultaneously with EC’s EVM challenge.
The Aam Aadmi Party had invited wizards and technical experts from political parties, the Election Commission and also the companies which provide the electronic voting machines (EVMs) to the poll panel, for the challenge. The challenge was announced by AAP’s Delhi unit secretary Saurabh Bharadwaj who said he will look to make the event bigger and better. “We will organise a bigger and better EVM hackathon. Our machine is capable of getting tampered with and we have proved it. Now, let the EC hack our machines with the same kind of restrictions it has put to conduct its own challenge,” Bharadwaj added.