Friday, 19 May 2017

Election Commission Gives Open Challenge to the Political Parties

Election Commission has already prepared an open challenge to the political parties accusing EVMs of messing up. The commission today will give a demo of the work of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and VVPat machines to people through special programs. At the same time, in the same program EVM will also announce the dates of the challenge to be hacked.

Several opposition parties have consistently attacked the reliability of EVMs. This program is being kept to remove their doubts about the manipulation of EVMs. According to the announcement of the Election Commission, a press conference will also be convened after the EVM and VVPAT are displayed.

Challenge can be given after May 29

Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi had announced the challenge to prove the claim that EVM could be disturbed after the all-party meeting convened on May 12. A senior officer of the commission told that political parties can be challenged to hack the EVMs in the first week of June after May 29.

The official said that the commission will call all the seven national parties and 48 state level parties to take part in the open challenge. For this, the Commission, who wish to join the challenge, will also give a week's time to choose the option of manipulating the machines of any polling station in the five assembly elections held recently. At the same time, every political party who accepts the challenge, will be given different chance to prove his claim to disturb the machine.

Commission to Prepare the VVPAT EVM Voting before 2019 General Election

According to an Election Commission official, the Supreme Court had ordered the commission to prepare for VVPAT EVM voting before the 2019 Lok Sabha election. In order to ensure the compliance of this order, the Commission has already made preparations to hold elections from the VVPAT EVMs in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections before the Lok Sabha elections. In reality, a slip is generated from the VVPat machine, which makes the voter aware that the candidate who pressed the EVM button in favor of the candidate, went to him.


Earlier, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Trinamool Congress expressed concern over rigging in the EVM during an all-party meeting. AAP has welcomed the Election Commission's challenge to show the EVM hacking, but emphasized 'hackathon'. The party said that after getting the opportunity, it will prove that machines can be hacked.
                                                               ----Sonal

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