AAP to conduct its own EVM challenge
The AAP on Thursday announced that it will organise its own EVM challenge on June 3, after the Election Commission rejected the party's 'open hackathon' request.
The party will invite 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.
AAP's Delhi unit secretary Saurabh Bharadwaj said the party will have a "bigger and better" EVM challenge than the one planned by the poll panel on the same day. The machine to be tested in this exercise will be the same used by Bharadwaj in the Delhi Legislative Assembly last month to demonstrate how it can be tampered with.
The EC had called this machine a "look-alike" and not an "ECI-EVM".
EC gets 14 EVMs from UP, Punjab, U'khand for hackathon
The Election Commission has pulled out from its strong rooms in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand 14 electronic voting machines used in the recent assembly polls there for Saturday's 'EVM challenge', in which the NCP and the CPI-M will participate.
Since the two parties had not given their preference for the EVMs they would like to tamper with during the challenge, the Commission has brought to Delhi 14 machines — from Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddha Nagar in UP, Patiala and Bhatinda from Punjab and Dehradun from Uttarakhand.
While each participating party can use a maximum of four EVMs for the challenge, sources in the commission said extra machines were also kept as back up keeping in mind any eventuality.
The challengers will get four hours each to tamper with the machines. The challenge will begin at 10 am and end at 2 pm. Two separate counters have been set up for the CPI-M and the NCP to participate in the challenge.
Members of a technical committee which helps the EC evaluate the EVMs would judge the proceedings.
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.
The claimants will have to alter the results in the control units used during these polls in exactly the same conditions in which EVMs remain under the technical and administrative safeguards of the EC after elections.