Election Commission’s EVM hackathon to take place tomorrow after HC rejects stay plea

Election Commission said in a statement today: "EVM challenge is "on" as scheduled."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 2, 2017 9:28 pm
Election Commission, EVM challenge, EVM hacking challenge, EC EVM, EC ECM challenge, EVM hackathon, election Commission news In April this year, at least 16 parties had approached the EC demanding elections be held using ballot papers until their concerns are fully addressed.

Election Commission announced on Friday that it will go ahead with its EVM Hackathon challenge scheduled for Saturday. In a statement to the media today, the poll watchdog said, “EVM challenge is “on” as scheduled. It will start at 10 am, tomorrow. NCP and CPI(M) have nominated 3 representatives each.”

EC’s decision comes shortly after the Uttarakhand High Court rejected a PIL for a stay on it, as reported by NDTV. The plea  was filed in view of political parties challenging the Election Commission to a hackathon to provide proof to their claims that the voting machines are rigged to favour a single party. Seeing the BJP’s unprecedented victories across polls in the country, parties such as the NCP and the CPI (M) had planned to participate in the EC’s open hacking challenge while the AAP, who had earlier been at the forefront of the protest against EVMs, pulled out of the challenge alleging unfair rules. Responding to AAP’s allegations, the poll watchdog had clarified last week in a statement it had never made a ‘promise’ or announced anything about a ‘no-holds barred Hackathon’ when it had announced the EVM hacking challenge.

In April this year, at least 16 parties had approached the EC demanding elections be held using ballot papers until their concerns are fully addressed. They told the poll panel that the trust deficit among parties in the electronic devices is “too deep seated and pervasive”.

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    NARANAT
    Jun 4, 2017 at 12:25 pm
    1. It is a pity that the ECI & pea judges of this country r above any scrutiny. 2. By exposing 3 EVMs CEC is claiming all the 15lakh EVMs are tamper proof. Whom he is trying to intimidate? 3. HC judges are coming out with verdicts in hours to support Hinduthva when their usual practice is to sit even on open-&-shut cheque bouncing cases for minimum 10 years. For Hundutva issue even midnight trials are OK. 4. A man was lynched for goat meat, judges were sleeping. A Govinda Swamy raped an OBC girl, judges were busy to save the rapist because there was a "Swamy" in his last name. A dalit family & child were burned alive they were silent. People carry dead on shoulder they were enjoying it. Patients r pulled by leg no judge took suomoto. UP CM banned meat uncons utionally, judges forgot what to do. A cow slaughtered for food judges suddenly woke up in arms with shameless pea theories. Why only a COW can ignite fire beneath the tails of these Caste Hindu pea judges?
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      mc
      Jun 3, 2017 at 5:38 am
      Is it a drama or a fake contest staged by EC? Nation wants to know. Tell us more. The BJP paid this media mentioned that the contest will start at 10 am but deliberately did not mentioned what time it will end. Will it start at 10am and end at 11am tomorrow? OR it will be opened to tester for the entire week? Will contester get fair time to prove? Nation wants to know. Or is it a drama to betray the innocent citizen of India??? If it is a dram, if contester do not get enough time and resource to prove and if in reality it can be hacked or manipulated then EC will get death penalty for staging a fake and dram in the name of contest. How long it will be open to contesters to break the system? Nation want to know. Nation also want to know are contester be allowed to touch the EVM machine? Nation wants to know.
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        Shirley Matthaeus
        Jun 3, 2017 at 3:56 am
        Will those who complain of EVM NEVER CONTEST IN ELECTIONS AGAIN IF THEY ARE PROVED FALSE? That is what the election commission had to do. Ban them from contesting. Anyway no use even if they won so why waste time in deciding candidates and they should be banned those who criticized EVM
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              RS
              Jun 2, 2017 at 11:31 pm
              To call this Election Commission Farce a "Hackathon" is intellectually dishonest. The word Hack-a-thon is even inappropriate in this context since the latter part of the the word "thon" implies a long drawn out affair such as a marathon. EC is forcing a completely unrealisitc time restriction that makes it impossible to break into these EVMs. EC is not allowing the hackers to touch these machines, the BJP squad that hacked these EVMs in Punjab, Delhi and UP had unfettered access to them. Now the EC is protecting BJP and the hackers who helped BJP win elections in UP and Delhi and manipulate results in favor of congress in Punjab by this "Nautanki". If EC is serious about proving weather these EVMs can be hacked or not, then it should allow hackers to take the machines with them but mark all the parts inside so that are not replaced and give them access to the firmware and the OS for these machines and let them break into them and allow them at least 100 days to prove it.
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                Indy
                Jun 3, 2017 at 12:21 am
                Your knowledge about hacking reflects in your stupid comments ! BJP has won/took lead almost in very territory and you are saying all those mc/s were rigged due to some fault in the m/c itself (like vote went to BJP not matter what), so in that case it's sufficient to demo that. No one on po booth gets that much time to totally change the m/c bt replacing it's motherboard ! After replacing it's electronic components it will become useless or become something else ! Also these m/cs were not hackable by internet as they don't have capability to be hooked up to internet unlike other EVM in foreign countries ! So if you don't have something to prove then just shutup and don't waste other's time by your bakar bakar !
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                  NARANAT
                  Jun 4, 2017 at 12:33 pm
                  1. It is a pity that the ECI & peac0ak judges of this country r above any scrutiny. 2. By exposing 3 EVMs CEC is claiming all the 15lakh EVMs are tamper proof. Whom he is trying to intimidate? NCP did a very good job by exposing CEC. 3. HC judges give verdicts in hours to support Hinduthva when their usual practice is to sit even on open-&-shut cheque cases for min 10 years. For Hundutva issue even midnight trials r OK. 4. A man was lynched for goat meat, judges were sleeping. A Govinda Swamy raped an OBC girl, judges were busy to save the rapist because there was a "Swamy" in his last name. A dalit family & child were burned alive they were silent. People carry dead on shoulder they were enjoying it. Patients r pulled by leg no judge took suomoto. UP CM banned meat uncons utionally, judges forgot what to do. A cow slaughtered for food judges suddenly woke up in arms with shameless pea theories. Why only a COW can ignite fire beneath the tails of these Caste Hindu pea judges.
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                RAM.MAD.av
                Jun 2, 2017 at 10:27 pm
                Election Commission should ban the PARALLEL HACKATHON BY AAP SINCE THAT IS AGAINST FKKING INDIAN DEMOCRACY AND IS AGAINST FKKING NATIONAL SECURITY AND WILL DEMORALIZE THE FKKING OFFICIAL OF FKKING ELECTION COMMISION AND IF ALLOWED WILL LEAD TO P A K I STAN OCCUPYING ENTIRE INDIA AND DECLARE IT IS AKAND STAN AND THEN ITNIS NOT POSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE FKKING AKAND BHARAT!
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                  Murthy
                  Jun 2, 2017 at 10:28 pm
                  And you are a FKKING BHAKT.
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                    RS
                    Jun 2, 2017 at 11:34 pm
                    I think you are missing Ram.mad.av's point. It seems that he is taking aim at EC so cannot be a Bhakt.
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