The Election Commission today said that both CPI(M) and NCP did not want to be part of the hackathon challenge, but only wanted to understand the process, an ANI report said today. Speaking to reporters, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi, said that the CPI (M) did not want to participate in the challenge but only wanted to understand the process. CPM told they don’t want to participate in the challenge but wish to understand the EVM process. A detailed demonstration was given to them”, he was quoted as saying by the agency.
He added that the CPI(M) team was satisfied and suggested that the Election Commission should hold demonstrations in a proactive manner, he added. Nasim Zaidi, while pointing out that the NCP team too did not want to be part of the challenge but only wanted to be part of the exercise said, “NCP mentioned that source of their doubts has been alleged problems with EVMs during municipal elections in Maharashtra”, ANI further quoted him as saying.
“Commission clarified that EVMs used by state election commission, Maharashtra for urban local body elections do not belong to ECI”, he was quoted as saying further.
He further said that the NCP, while deciding to opt ourt, requested the poll panel to evolve a system which clearly distinguishes between ECI EVMs and State EC EVMs. Yesterday, the Uttarakhand High Court had today stayed the Election Commissions’ EVM challenge, a report by oneindia.com had said. While observing that the poll body did not have any right to organise such exercise, the court had called the entire process “únconstitutional.”
However, as per NDTV report, the Election Commission said it would not drop its plans.