Election Commission to announce date of ‘open challenge’ for parties to prove EVM tampering

A meeting was conducted by EC last week with representatives of 55 political parties to discuss the on-going debate over reliability of the voting machines

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 20, 2017 2:59 pm
election commission, election commission challenge, EC hackathon, EVM tampering, EVM machine, VVPAT, EC challenge Questions have been raised over the reliability of EVMs.

The Election Commission on Saturday is set to announce the date for an “open challenge” for  all political parties to prove tampering of EVMs. Ahead of the press conference, engineers from Bharat Electronics Limited and Electronics Corporation of India Ltd, the two PSU suppliers of the machines, demonstrated the working of EVMs and VVPAT machines to inform the media about its functionality.

Several parties like the AAP and the BSP had alleged tampering of EVMs in the recently-concluded elections to five states.

AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj even gave a live demonstration in Delhi Assembly two weeks ago on the functioning of EVMs and alleged that the machines can be tampered with by feeding a special code during the voting process. The Election Commission refuted the authenticity of the machines used by AAP during their demo and said the machine used was “bootlegged”. Several political parties, including AAP and BSP have alleged tampering of voting machines after recently concluded assembly elections and Delhi civic polls this year.

A meeting was conducted by EC last week with representatives of 55 political parties to discuss the on-going debate over reliability of the voting machines. The representatives were also asked to give suggestions into how the hackathon can be conducted. After the meeting, the EC said that VVPAT machines will be used in all the upcoming elections so that voters can verify that their votes have gone to the party that they have voted for using a paper slip. Several parties including TMC, RJD and BSP had suggested going back to paper ballots, after the meeting.

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    yogananda
    May 21, 2017 at 9:02 am
    It's foolish to get into activities that do not progress the country in the path of development. When AAP and Congress won the elections, There were no allegations made by the BJP. This is just because BJP is focused to development not to the progress and demand answers from the EC for their failure. Congress and AAP need to look at their strategy for the next election and not with the EVM. They need to tamper the leaders into right direction.
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      Mohan Tvm
      May 20, 2017 at 10:25 pm
      AAPtards like to use a concept of "black and white" when explaining to the common public about conflicting situations they plan to get involved. Then, of course, Siculars will enter on the side of the good guys against the bad people, with Kajariwal as the ultimate good guy being the patron and representative of all good guys
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        Mohan Tvm
        May 20, 2017 at 10:25 pm
        EVM tampering is the ultimate allegation. If people has serious questions regarding EVM tampering, then it must be answered. Rigging of elections is what is happening now. Rigging can be done by (1) Spreading lies and rumors during campaign (2) Very low pol percentage (3) Bribing the voters (4) intimidating the voters through violence. TMC does this in Bengal (5) offer freebies like free water, electricity, WiFi etc (6) False flag attack similar to the church attack during the last Delhi embly election (7) Religious polarization like what is happening in Kerala and Bengal (8) Usage of modern technologies like BIGDATA Analytics that are too costly that small parties are not able to afford it
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          Criticbrain
          May 20, 2017 at 3:29 pm
          s: www. /watch?v FbqH4fkCZw4
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            Criticbrain
            May 20, 2017 at 3:28 pm
            s: www. /watch?v FbqH4fkCZw4
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              kulkarni p s
              May 20, 2017 at 3:25 pm
              What if somebody votes for BJP but shouts that he has voted for congress and machine faultily taken BJP given in paper trail – so how can this be solved – impossible – as you cant see vote in memory chip – total process of EVM itself is UNC-ONS- U-ITIONAL read GERMANY SC judgement
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                newscommenter
                May 20, 2017 at 3:23 pm
                www diaevm
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                  newscommenter
                  May 20, 2017 at 3:23 pm
                  EVM is hackable. ECI is trying to save their nose. The hackathon was demonstrated by phd scholars as in www diaevm but ECI stopped the hackathon contest and lodged fir in police station against indan phd scholar for stea evm machine but the court judge lauded the indian phd scholar for exposing vulnerability and hacking of evm saying he had done a great service to the society and released him. ECI should be ashamed of themselves.
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                    newscommenter
                    May 20, 2017 at 3:24 pm
                    indiaevm dot org
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                      newscommenter
                      May 20, 2017 at 3:25 pm
                      it was in 2010
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                      ravi
                      May 20, 2017 at 3:20 pm
                      VVPAT is separately attached unit does not guarantee and show vote registered by memory chip as it is hidden –
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                        ravi
                        May 20, 2017 at 3:18 pm
                        It was BJP L K ADVANI who told EVM can be tampered Achal Kumar jyoti former chief secretary of Gujrat for BJP Modi govt appointed as chief election commission BJP spokesperson G V Narsimha Rao wrote book on EVM tampering now taking U turn says EVM is safe Sambhal UP booth number 235 total votes given 926 after result BJP candidate got 1217 votes Srikant sreyar contested independent election – got zero vote
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                          ak dev
                          May 20, 2017 at 2:23 pm
                          EC should also demonstrate that AAP made EVM is rejected by the control unit when the two are connected.
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                            Parth Garg
                            May 20, 2017 at 1:42 pm
                            Even the God is not infallible what of an EVM. What is invented by a human being could be violated by him with ease.
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                              ak dev
                              May 20, 2017 at 1:59 pm
                              You have exclude Kejriwal as he is the only one infaliable to the lure of corruption.
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                              JKG
                              May 20, 2017 at 11:26 am
                              Let AAP try to hack EVM with their expertise
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                                MyTake
                                May 20, 2017 at 1:29 pm
                                AK will bring one with him which AAP "invented" and swap it to prove their point!
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                                  ak dev
                                  May 20, 2017 at 2:03 pm
                                  you said it rightly. Hacking means replacing in AAP's dictionary. One simply can't communicate with AAPees unless one uses their made by Kejriwal dictionary.
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                                    Tushar
                                    May 20, 2017 at 2:22 pm
                                    It's demo today ..the challenge to prove date will be given today
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                                  TIHAEwale
                                  May 20, 2017 at 10:35 am
                                  misleading heading and no fresh insight after reading the article
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                                    Vk
                                    May 20, 2017 at 10:52 am
                                    Prove your self khujli dog, unlike your master khujli who could not prove anything yet. Shameless liars
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                                      rajan
                                      May 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm
                                      Do Bhajtards ever use decency in what they say? Is it not the democratic right of all parties to allay their fears about the misuse of the EVMs by any other party? Was BJP not expressing similar reservations earlier? Is Modi a saintly politician for the people to believe that he is above manipulations? In fact, with him in power, he would like to arm twist all pillars of democracy including judiciary, press to be subservient to his despotic inclinations. What he did in 2002 is well known. So what, if the arms of law didn't get to his neck. He continues to be a suspect in the eyes of Muslims. He has never been above board, nor shall ever be.
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                                        ak dev
                                        May 20, 2017 at 2:13 pm
                                        Rajan: Modi is not god but he the best leader today for leading India.
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                                          Criticbrain
                                          May 20, 2017 at 3:27 pm
                                          s: www. /watch?v FbqH4fkCZw4
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