1. EVM challenge: Election Commission rejects Congress demand; AAP’s views

EVM challenge: Election Commission rejects Congress demand; AAP’s views

The Election Commission today rejected the Congress's demand to allow it to access the motherboard of the electronic voting machine in the planned EVM challenge and told the Aam Aadmi Party that it does not believe that an 'open hackathon' is necessary for safeguarding the election process.

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 27, 2017 10:09 PM
The Election Commission today rejected the Congress’s demand to allow it to access the motherboard of the electronic voting machine in the planned EVM challenge and told the Aam Aadmi Party that it does not believe that an ‘open hackathon’ is necessary for safeguarding the election process. (PTI)

The Election Commission today rejected the Congress’s demand to allow it to access the motherboard of the electronic voting machine in the planned EVM challenge and told the Aam Aadmi Party that it does not believe that an ‘open hackathon’ is necessary for safeguarding the election process. Both the parties, while refusing to participate in the challenge on June 3, had yesterday written to the Commission flagging certain issues.

The poll panel responded to the two parties separately today. “The EVMs are not accessible to any unauthorised person at any stage before, during or after the polls and as such, the question of access to all the components, such as the motherboard for tampering the EVM machines does not arise,” it told the Congress.

In its response to the AAP, the Commission said it “does not subscribe to the views expressed in the letter (written by the party) that open Hackathon is necessary for safeguarding the election process in the country”. It also said that it had not promised a no-holds barred hackathon. “…no such promise about a no-holds barred hackathon was ever made or announced by the Commission… during the all Party Meeting on May 12, the Commission had clearly explained that it will offer an EVM challenge and not a hackathon.” It said the claim that it is backing off from a hackathon is “baseless”.

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    Sadasivan
    May 28, 2017 at 8:32 am
    The problem is:- EC has ETERNAL CUSTODY of the EVMs.EC are MERE Human Beings and EVMs are MERE machines.Both are fallible.EC cannot attribute to itself,God-Like qualities and be a Dictator.Its arguments are Non Sequitor.. 2.The ONLY solution is:- THIS ETERNAL CUSTODY of the EVMs be changed and handed over to the stake-holders,The Ru and Opposition parties,SC and a set of Ethical Hackers,representing the People Of India. 3.Manuals of the EVMs be given to all the stake-holders. 4.Use ballot papers.The Election Commission,itself has claimed that "ONLY A FEW ARE PRIVY TO"...How can this be,in a Democracy?This is NOT Transparency but OPACITY. 5.If VVPATs are used,the names of the candidates and party and the symbol of the party should be on the trail. 6.Allow sufficient time for the Voter to confirm voting,as intended.That is, do not hustle the Voters.
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