Election Commission EVM challenge started on Saturday morning with just two parties participating in the event. The challenge or EVM hackathon is being organised at the Election Commission’s office this morning in which the political parties will be allowed to prove that electronic voting machines (EVMs) can be hacked. The event is being carried out after the Uttarakhand High Court rejected a plea on Friday by a state Congress leader which questioned the constitutionality of the move. Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party will hold a separate EVM hackathon simultaneously.
Here are five things to know about the EVM challenge:
1. Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party and CPI-M are the only parties who are participating in the event. “The EVM challenge is on as scheduled. The NCP and the CPI-M have nominated three persons each for the challenge,” a Commission spokesperson said.
2. The challenge will be organised between 10 am and 2 pm. During this time, the two parties will be given separate halls where they will try to tamper with the machines. The poll panel had invited seven national and 49 state parties recognised by it for the challenge.
3. The poll body confirmed that each party will be given maximum four EVMs for the challenge. However, extra machines have been kept in the hall keeping in mind any eventuality.
4. Announcing the contours of the ‘EVM challenge’, the EC had said it has been divided into two parts. First, the parties will have to prove that the EVMs used in the assembly elections in the five states were tampered with to favour a particular candidate or political party by altering the results stored in them.
5. The Aam Aadmi Party had announced a separate EVM hackathon a few days back. “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,” Delhi unit secretary Saurabh Bharadwaj had said.