Monday, 23 October, 2017

Only NCP interested in taking part in EVM hacking challenge:EC

No Credible Evidence Of EVM Tampering So Far Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi To NDTV Highlights We havent received any evidence of EVM tampering so far Chief Election Commissioner
Kenny Thornton | 26 May, 2017, 19:20

The letter was reportedly sent to Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi after he rejected AAP's demand to tamper EVM with the motherboard at the hackathon. AAP and Congress raised some issue as per the existing framework of challenge but have not expressed their interest in participating.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday said that eight political parties sent their response to the poll panel over the EVM challenge till 5 pm.

Aam Aadmi Party in a memorandum submitted to the EC yesterday had urged it to reconsider the terms which it laid that the participants would not be allowed to tamper with or change the mother-board of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) machines.

As for four other parties - the Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPI, Rashtriya Janata Dal and the BJP - it said they have "expressed their interest to observe" the challenge while All India NR Congress has written that it would not be participating.

"Do you think that a machine can be hacked by looking at it?" the AAP has said in its letter to the poll panel.

"Why is the Election Commission running away from no- holds barred hackathon", the letter asked.

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Political parties - especially Mayawati led-Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Arvind Kejriwal's AAP had contested and claimed that the EVMs held under the ownership of Election Commission and used in recent elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand in February-March polls were tampered.

He said there are "no rules and regulations" in a hackathon as hackers are invited to test the security of any system using any available tool.

It wondered why the EC - "an institution that has always protected democracy" - was not ready for an open hackathon to safeguard the country's election process.

They would not be allowed to change the motherboard of EVMs and take the machines home to prove at a later date that they can be tampered with.

Elaborating on the issue, Gupta again wrote: "You have said that tampering or replacing the motherboard of an EVM would mean that it is no longer the same device". The EC had argued that the same could not be carried out on their machine.

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