New Delhi, June 1: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will hold its own hackathon on June 3, the same day when Election Commission of India (ECI) will hold its hackathon of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). According to the reports, AAP engineers will hold the hackathon on June 3 and will try prove their claims that EVMs can be tampered with to favour a particular political party. The AAP had long been claimed that the EVMs can be tampered with and the issue escalated when a video from Madhya Pradesh emerged in which the EVMs only dispensed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) slips when buttons for other parties were pressed.
With growing controversy over the reliability of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the Election Commission of India (ECI) on May 20 held a live demonstration of the EVMs and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPATs). Ruling out EVM tampering, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said that the Indian EVMs cannot be tampered with due to strict security that is placed around it before and after the elections.
Nasim Zaidi said, “ECI is confident and has firm conviction about the integrity, non-tamperability and credibility of the EVMs. ECI-EVMs are not hackable; are stand-alone machines; not connected to internet or any network at any point of time during polling.” Announcing the EVM hackathon, Zaidi said that the challenge would be kept open for all national and state political parties.
Comparing the EVMs that are used in India and in other countries, Zaidi said that the EVMs that the Election Commission uses are far better than the EVMs that are used by other countries. “ECI EVMs are fully different from any of the EVMs used internationally either for direct recording or for internet voting. Indian EVMs are truly unique compared to the e-voting machines used in other parts of the world,” said Zaidi. (Also Read: EC rules out tampering, says no Trojan horse can alter our EVMs)
The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP had demanded that the Electronic Voting Machines should be scrapped after Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati alleged foul play in the functioning of the EVMs. Mayawati alleged foul play after her party’s dismal show in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017. Many other leaders including Harish Rawat too echoed her views on the matter.
“The results in UP and Uttarakhand are surprising and not palatable to anyone…it seems EVMs did not accept votes polled for any party other than BJP,” said Mayawati. AAP had also submitted a letter to the ECI complaining about the alleged EVM tampering in Punjab Assembly Elections 2017.