AAP challenges EC, to hold separate EVM hackathon on June 3

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New Delhi | Updated: June 1, 2017 2:42:25 PM

The Aam Aadmi Party has decided to hold its own EVM challenge on June 3

aap, aap evm challenge, aap evm hacking challenge, evm, evm row, Election Commission, electronic voting machines, Saurabh Bharadwaj, Dilip Pandey, Gopal Rai, kejriwal, evm hackathon, evm hack challenge, india news, latest newsThe Aam Aadmi Party has decided to hold its own EVM challenge on June 3. (Source: PTI)

After the Election Commission of Indian (EC) refused Aam Aadmi Party’s request of tampering with the motherboard, the party has now decided tamperings own EVM challenge on June 3, reported news agency ANI. The announcement was made during a press conference which was held by AAP leaders Saurabh Bharadwaj, Dilip Pandey and Gopal Rai. The party has invited all the technical experts of including that of Election Commission to take part in the hacking challenge. Interestingly, the Election Commission is set to organise an EVM challenge on June 3 as well. “We have conveyed to EC that we will hold EVM hackathon on the day of EC’s EVM challenge,” Saurabh Bhardwaj was quoted saying by ANI.

So far, only CP (M) and NCP are the only opposition parties that have agreed to participate in the EC’s challenge. “We are not saying that we will hack it (EVMs), but we will tell (the EC) what additional precautions can be taken and in what way (to ensure transparent poll process), we will suggest that,” CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury was quoted saying by PTI on Wednesday.

Watch Saurabh Bharadwaj’s statement:

Yesterday, Bharat Electronics Ltd, the makers of Electronic voting machines (EVMs) said they cannot be tampered with and are ‘safe’. “Our EVMs are independent machines not connected to any network, not connected to internet through which you can hack. They are simple calculators,” BEL CMD M V Gowtama was quoted saying by PTI.

“In electronics you can design the way in which you want, but what we have designed is for the Indian election system, for the specification given by the Election Commission and verified by independent technical expert committee and quality verified by independent government body STQC (Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification),” Gowtama added.

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