New Delhi, June 3: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday opened registration to the experts and invited members of the political parties, Election Commission’s Nasim Zaidi and others to take part in the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) hackathon. The party was supposed to hold the EVM hackathon on Saturday to prove that the EVMs are rigged and can be tampered with to favour any political party. After a poor show in Punjab and Goa Assembly Elections 2017, Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP had claimed that the EVMs used in the Assembly Elections 2017 were tampered with to favour Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
AAP Press Brief on Formal Launch of EVM Challenge
Earlier in the day, Election Commission of India (ECI) also held an EVM hackathon to prove that their EVMs are not rigged and can never be tampered with. Only two parties NCP and CPI(M) participated in the EVM hackathon organised by the ECI. Reacting to the ECI hackathon, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj said that no one is taking part in the Election Commission’s EVM challenge except for two parties. he also said that EVM challenge of ECI under current conditions was a farce, an eye wash. That’s why nobody is participating in it.
“This has also vindicated our stand that EVM challenge under current conditions was a farce, an eyewash,” said Saurabh Bhardwaj.
“AAP believes that the 3rd June EC demonstration is a pure eye-wash which will achieve nothing. To prove its point, AAP will conduct a parallel hackathon/demonstration of its own EVM prototype, under the same conditions as EC has proposed – only visual inspection and press of keys will be allowed. No other hardware or software experiments will be allowed,” said the party.
The ECI decided to hold a hackathon as there was growing controversy over the reliability of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Last month, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj had given a live demonstration of tampering of an EVM in the Delhi Assembly.