EC EVM hacking challenge: NCP, CPI(M) opted out saying they only want to understand EVM process, says CEC

After the EVM hacking challenge, the Election Commission said CPM team expressed complete satisfaction and suggested that commission should hold such demonstration and awareness sessions proactively.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 3, 2017 9:36 pm
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Hours after the Election Commission held the EVM hackathon challenge on Saturday, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said that while CPM said they don’t want to participate in challenge but wish to understand the EVM process, NCP team informed they too don’t want to participate in any challenge but were only interested to participate in an academic exercise. In a press briefing today, CEC Zaidi was quoted by news agency ANI as saying: “CPM team expressed complete satisfaction and suggested that commission should hold such demonstration and awareness sessions proactively. NCP team informed they too don’t want to participate in any challenge but were only interested to participate in an academic exercise.”

READ: Election Commission holds EVM challenge, little action from NCP, CPM who participated

Speaking on NCP’s allegation about faulty EVMs during Maharashtra civic polls, CEC Zaidi said: “NCP mentioned that source of their doubts has been alleged problems with EVMs during municipal elections in Maharashtra. Commission clarified that EVMs used by state election commission, Maharashtra for urban local body elections do not belong to EC.” There were widespread allegations that the voting machines were rigged prior to the civic polls. He also explained why the NCP team want to opt out of challenge: “NCP team expressed willingness to opt out requesting ECI should evolve system which clearly distinguishes ECI EVMs from State EC EVMs.”

Meanwhile, the NCP put the blame squarely on the poll panel for its non-participation. The party said, it opted out because the EC did not provide “required information” on voting machines and “changed the protocol” of the exercise at the last minute. A three-member NCP delegation led by party’s Rajya SabhaA three-member NCP delegation led by party’s Rajya SabhaMP Vandana Chavan also said the commission did not give theteam an option to pick the EVM of their choice. Chavan said the party was not provided with theinformation they asked for “again and again” i.e. the numberof the memory unit and the battery used in the EVMs. “We feel they were crucial for the exercise,” she said.

The EVM challenge began today morning with a detailed demonstration of the security features of the voting machines. Only NCP and CPIM agreed to participate in the challenge out of the seven national parties and 49 state parties invited initially. Representatives from both parties were given four machines and four hours to hack into it. The machines were brought from Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh where recent Assembly elections were held.

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    Prof Vijayan
    Jun 4, 2017 at 2:53 pm
    People affected by delusions will say any meaningless things. It seems the resl problem here is not the EVM or Election Commission. Common people have accepted PM Narendra Modi and his revolutionary actions for wiping out black money and corruption. Those who have been enjoying all illegitimate benefits of corruption and black money are now scared. They want to stop the reformations as soon as possible. The easiest method for them is to resort to false propa a against the government and the Election Commission. But the common people of India are intelligent enough to understand the mindset of those who oppose PM's fight against corruption and black money. The vast resources of India rightly belong to common people also. If the present government continues its reformatory actions with more speed, people will surely reelect PM Narendra Modi yo the post of Prime Minister in 2019 elections too.
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      Saud Ahmed Siddique
      Jun 4, 2017 at 11:12 am
      Given our moral standards every one has a price. The EC has been bought over by BJP. The need of the hour is a people's movement against the EC and a boycott of elections
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        Vedartham Gopal
        Jun 5, 2017 at 10:42 am
        So.. if so called pseudo secular parties win then everything is ok and things are in order... only problem is with BJP .
      2. R
        Jun 4, 2017 at 5:19 am
        Why having Staged and scripted Elections in which Amit Shah knows the re4sult in advance. Make BJP winner.
        1. A
          Jun 4, 2017 at 5:02 am
          It is now clear no opposition Party Trust EC. Voters and all Opposition Parties have lost complete faith in EC and Electoral process. EC's love affair with BJP will make it lose all credibility. Paper ballots are the only hope left otherwise Election will be Sham.
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            Prasenjit Biswas
            Jun 4, 2017 at 6:10 am
            Trust? With all the strictures on free examination and exploration into possibilities of manipulation, the Election Commission fell in line. Why did it not allow open procedures as suggested by parties?
          2. A
            Jun 4, 2017 at 4:57 am
            Shame on EC for all this drama. Instead of sa uarding Free and fair Election and protecting Democracy EC is busy in following BJP Government agenda. Now it is becoming clear that 2014 Election to may have been rigged. UP and Uttarkhand Election was total fraud as BJP knew the result before even elections were announced by EC. EC is completely Hijacked by RSS. It is now the EVM which will Vote according to what has been instructed through source code. Voter will have no say. Don't be surprised if 2019 Elections is biggest fraud in Indian Electoral history with the kind of biased EC at ude towards BJP.
            1. J
              Jun 4, 2017 at 4:11 am
              Their challenge is like asking a lock expert to break a lock with his hands tied to his back.
              1. s
                Jun 4, 2017 at 3:51 am
                fearing of loosing their face in front of the public they opted out.shameless fellows. the AAP party must be kicked out.
                1. P
                  Jun 4, 2017 at 2:39 am
                  EC must be ashamed of being a proxy of RSS/BJP. We pray Supreme Court or Uttarkhand High Courts order all future elections with Ballot paper. EC knows its EVM toy can be hacked very easily that's the reason everyone was prevented from doing it with so much restriction that it was impossible to check even basic functioning of machine. All 100 Political parties except one walked out and shun this drama by EC. EC is wasting tax payer money in such dramas.
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