EC responds to AAP’s charge: Never promised a ‘no-holds barred’ EVM hackathon challenge

The ‘EVM Challenge’ will be held on June 3.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 27, 2017 7:59 pm
EVM challenge, Election Commission, EVM hackathon, EVM hacking challenge, EVM challenge date, EVM hacking date, AAP EVM hacking, EVM hackathon news Replying to AAP’s insistence on changing the EVM motherboard, EC said changing the internal circuit of electronic device is like changing device itself.

The Election Commission on Saturday clarified 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 a statement to the media and responding to the Aam Aadmi Party’s claim the poll watchdog said: “About a ‘promised no-holds barred Hackathon’, its clarified that no such ‘promise’ was ever made or announced by the Commission.”

The ‘EVM Challenge’ will be held on June 3.

Replying to AAP’s insistence on changing the EVM motherboard, EC said changing the internal circuit of electronic device is like changing device itself. It also clearly specified today that the EVM Challenge will be conducted within framework of existing administrative safeguards and security protocols.

After AAP’s defeat in the Punjab assembly elections and MCD polls, it claimed that EVMs were tampered with and opted out of the challenge claiming the conditions laid down by the EC for the challenge were “unfair”. Both AAP and Congress had sought permission to work on the EVM’s motherboard, which was refused by the poll watchdog. At least 16 parties had approached the EC in April this year 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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    Saud Ahmed Siddique
    May 30, 2017 at 10:02 pm
    It won't take days to count the paper trails, that would be done in a few hours only unlike the ballot papers. The ballot papers had symbols of all parties printed on it and they were folded also so it took a long time in unfolding them and sorting. While the paper trail slips are small pieces of unfolded paper having just one symbol so they will be sorted and counted easily. Even it takes more time they should be counted for the sake of fair play as the voter has a right to ensure that his vote printed on the paper trail is the same as recorded on the electronic chip. With the connivance of EC staff the chip can be read and rewritten so counting the paper trail is a must for transparency
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      Saud Ahmed Siddique
      May 28, 2017 at 1:28 pm
      If the EVm is tamperproof then why is the EC imposing so many conditions.A challenge has to be no holds barred with both sides having full freedom. Secondly the EC intention is dubious as it agrees to VVPAT but is not ready to count the paper trail slips for the purpose of declaring results !!! Then why have the paper trail at all ,? There is something more to it than that meets the eye.
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        vidyadhara
        May 28, 2017 at 3:07 pm
        You should understand what is being said. They said if you change the circuitry of the device, reprogram it and add more hardware etc it is no longer the same device. These are physical devices not metaphysical ideal devices that will survive all physical alterations while maintaing some kind of extra physical spiritual purity.
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          White Hatter
          May 29, 2017 at 4:51 pm
          Obviously a tampered EVM will have changes in "the circuitry of the device, reprogram it and add more hardware etc it is no longer the same device." If unhacked the EVM will be in it's pristines form. To allay doubts the EC should demonstrate that the EVM cannot be tampered with in the field conditions through compomised personnel who are appointed as the custodians of the device and who come from different service like security personnel or company technicians and engineers, etc.. Else the EC should show that i is impossible to change the inner workings of the EVM even if a person with the knowhow had enough alone time with it. If it were so easy to hack the EVM (as evinced in the conditions the EC is allowing in the Hackathon) then opposition parties would have also tried to hack these to work in it's favour duing voting. The reason why su ion falls on the Party in power is because it has the administration under it and hence has he potential to access the EVMs before elections.
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        kiran patil
        May 28, 2017 at 6:32 am
        question of EVM havking is over - thats the reason SC ordered VVPAT - as it found EVM are not tamperproof - so VVPAT compulsory - if EVM were tamperproof is SC mad to order further burden - now question is VVPAT - VVPAT does not guarantee vote recorded by memory chip - still question remains at large - in democracy voters vote should be directly visible and permanently printed and reproducible - is only ballot possible - so this is not democracy but TECHNOCRACY
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          Saud Ahmed Siddique
          May 28, 2017 at 1:35 pm
          The EC is ready for VVPAT but unwil to count the paper trail slips for the purpose of declaring the results !!!! Then why have VVPAT at all ? This all points to a sinister conspiracy of which EC is a part If the EC remains arrogant the political parties should boycott the elections.
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            Mahan Murphy
            May 28, 2017 at 10:31 pm
            Do you want days to take to count the paper trail to announce results and then goons lifting those paper trail boxes. It is to be counted when the result is close and the candidates challenge it and not as a rule. I am in NJ,USA. we do electronic voting. there is no VVPAT but nobody complained because democracy needs a certain grade of elite and educated population including politicians and not those like who get IIT seats through management quota. Why don't you doubt all the electronic devices now out in open in public like ATMs, Railway reservation, you rown personal PCs, laptops. Hacking is not by tampering the machine. hacking is by making it work differently by pressing some buttons/keys sequentially or out of sequence. All of a sudden since BJP right win candidateds are winning politicians are cryin foul. As long as they looted the system everything was fine. Tomorrow again when BJP loses becaus eof their bad deeds they will cry foul about these EVMs. Main reason is power.
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              White Hatter
              May 29, 2017 at 6:02 pm
              @Mahan Papi, You can't be in NJ, USA and most likely are one of the usual bhaktrolls. You rely too much on hearsay and too little on facts. Could you point out your source that indicates Kejriwal got into IIT through a backdoor Management quota. If you were a geuine person you would you would have raised a RTI Query regarding Kejri's educational boanfides. In fact one person (Lucknow-based girl Aishwarya Parashar) did so and the answer from IIT-KGP was that his All India rank was 563 in General Quota. Just Google "Aishwarya Parashar and RTI and Kejriwal" you will find it listed in the Google pages. But then you would rather believe in "Entire Political Science" than a RTI reply. You are a Fake as much as your name.
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            Pramod
            May 28, 2017 at 6:29 am
            AAP's demand is absurd. The challenge is to tamper the EVM without opening it. The pervading doubt that the motherboards of the EVMs have been fixed in advanced to program a specified result is not logical. A specified result can be programmed if one knows the order in which candidates will appear in the machine. This is unpredictable and will vary from cons uency to cons uency. AAP's demo in Delhi embly pertained to different aspect altogether. AAP alleged that EVMs can be tampered during the course of pol by sending a secret code to the EVM, i.e. without opening the EVM. Let AAP parti te in the challenge and prove its point. Furthermore, even now if AAP is not satisfied with EC's response, it is open for them to move the SC. Why AAP is backtracking, if it is so confident of its allegation?
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              Kapil
              May 28, 2017 at 6:07 am
              EC is sure that their EVM can be easily hacked or tampered that's the reason for resisting open hackathon and putting so many condition that any expert can back off as this process will be waste of time and money without allowing them freedom which the hackers have and do not follow rules like a child from a Guardian like EC.
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                Nitish
                May 28, 2017 at 6:02 am
                EC claim that EVM cannot be hacked will shock many experts because even Big Airplane could be hacked making pilot lose all control. Even drones, and any machine can be hacked. How long EC will be in denial mode to appease and encourage BJP so they can steal the 2019 Elections too with EVM tampering or changing source code. CEC may be honest but no one knows how many BJP/RSS agents who infiltrated EC, how much havoc they can create destroying the Democratic process this time completely.
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                  Anthony
                  May 28, 2017 at 5:53 am
                  There seems to be bigger plot in 2019 Election. This should be a wake up call for all opposition Parties. Unless the Election process is not free and fair with full sa uard Opposition must not be fooled to take part in it. EC must provide Guarantee that next Election will not be same as Election in UP and Uttarkhand and oppostion will not be ed up with EVM Tampering. Voter must not vote and waste their time in a rigged election. EC at ude is cause of concern. Hopefully Supreme Court may protect the Electoral process this time and EVM must be examined mainly the chip and motherboard that code has not been changed in a way that no other party except BJP to win.
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                    Joydeep
                    May 28, 2017 at 5:50 am
                    In some of the booths in UP, where BJp won by huge margins, the opposition candidate did not even get one vote. Not even his own vote. If the EVM has not been tampered, then I wonder what is.
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