The plea said the proceedings were violative of the provisions of the Constitution of India and the principle of separation of powers. It said that the plea was only seeking a “declaratory judgment” on the issue of constitutionality of the proceedings.
An independent candidate, Asha Arun Zore, who contested the zilla parishad election, had raised objection after it was found that the votes were getting registered in favour of BJP despite pressing the button indicating her poll symbol (coconut).
Election commission has started gearing for the upcoming Gujarat Polls and is procuring EVMs and VVPATs. A total of 70,000 VVPAT devices are being called in from 11 states and two public sector units-BEL and ECIL to be used in all 182 constituencies.
The decision on compulsory counting of paper trail slips, which was approved by the full Commission before Nasim Zaidi retired as the Chief Election Commissioner on Wednesday, is a response to the demand made by political parties at a meeting held by the EC on May 12.
Politicians have openly alleged tampering of EVMs in the recently concluded assembly elections
The Aam Aadmi Party has called the Election Commission’s EVM challenge as a “farce”.
EVM challenge: While seven national parties and 49 state parties had been invited to the challenge, only NCP and CPI-M have applied to participate. While each party is allowed three representatives, they will be given four machines and four hours to hack into it.
The court has observed that EVM hacking is unconstitutional.
AAP leaders said they would invite experts and technical authorities from different parties, the EC and private companies that provide EVMs to the poll panel, for the challenge.
The ‘EVM Challenge’ will be held on June 3 and wind up in just four hours as opposed to the EC’s expectation that it would last up to five days.
AAP has accused the Election Commission of “running away from a no-holds barred hackathon”
The Commission said with a changed chip, an EVM would no longer be the “ECI-EVM” but simply a look-alike.
Naseem Zaidi specifies what would be ‘a failed attempt’, mum on what would happen if tampering successful
Replacement of internal circuit of EVMs is impossible as it has strong technical features and is tamper-proof, said Zaidi
The CEC said replacement of internal circuit of EVMs was not possible as they have strong technological features and are tamper-proof.