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

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.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 3, 2017 2:49 pm
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The Election Commission held the ‘EVM challenge’ where political parties have the opportunity to prove hacking of electronic voting machines (EVMs). The nod to the challenge came after the Uttarakhand High Court dismissed a petition that had questioned the constitutionality of the event.

Petitioner Ramesh Pande had contended that the EC’s move was in contravention of Article 324 of the Constitution and was therefore ultra vires. As per section 80 (a) of the Representation of the People Act, only the high court had the prerogative to organise a hackathon like this, he argued.

PTI reported that the NCP and the CPM, the only two participants in the event, were yet to try their hand at hacking the machines even after three hours. The challenge began with a detailed demonstration of the security features of the EVMs. While seven national parties and 49 state parties had been invited to the challenge, only NCP and CPI-M agreed to participate. 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.

At the same time, the Aam Aadmi Party, which had raised complaints of tampering of the machines following its defeat in the Punjab and Goa polls, launched its own hackathon. It put out a registration form for those interested to attend but stopped short of announcing the date of the said hackathon.

The party said technical experts and representatives from other parties, Election Commission and the companies which produce the EVMs are invited to the event. The machine that will be used in the exercise will be the one that was shown by MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj during his demonstration in the Delhi assembly last month, which the EC had called a ‘look-alike’ and not an ‘ECI-EVM.’

The AAP’s request of an ‘open hackathon’ was shot down by the Election Commission after it asked for removal of some of the restrictions it had placed in its EVM challenge. The party called EC’s EVM challenge today an ‘eyewash.’

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    Nishikant
    Jun 3, 2017 at 9:39 pm
    This hackathon is like an adverti t where the lock manufacturer is asking a locksmith to pick a lock by just using a bunch of keys provided by the manufacturer and that too in a limited amount of tries and duration.
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      Babu Gupta
      Jun 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm
      Where was Khujliwal's deep in corruption party. As usual, they make a statement and run away. And even the folls know that if any machine is changed in structure (like mother board), it can be made to do whatever one wants. But that choice is not these in EVMs in use.
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        Nishikant
        Jun 3, 2017 at 8:07 pm
        What action can there be for those parti ting? Even if you are given a system with an old unpatched and unupdated Windows 95 without firewall and antivirus and asked to do a simple hack for example finding the login password- but under the following condition of not booting into safe mode, not using the Command prompt and not using a USB drive or an executable CD/DVD disc or connect to the Internet or a local network, then even the best hacker will fail. It is as good as asking someone to make guesses and come up with the right answer.
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        Indian
        Jun 3, 2017 at 5:24 pm
        Eyewash hackathon by sold-out EC. Will use 3,000 crores of taxpayers money for buying new EVM machines with paper trail. Will not use same for honest paper ballot like in US and France.
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          Pitambar Sharma
          Jun 3, 2017 at 5:07 pm
          Fake issue raised by corrupt politicians rejected by the public is causing wasted time of the Election Commission. These s should be fined 2 crores each.
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            AKG
            Jun 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm
            Maya , Mamta, Mulayam, Lalu and Kejriwal has only made FOOL of themselves by doubting Indian EC. Well Done EC.
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              Rakesh Pandit
              Jun 3, 2017 at 4:29 pm
              Our BSP beauty queen Mayawsti was absent!! And she screamed the most after getting 19 seats in UP election.
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                Balasubramanya
                Jun 3, 2017 at 4:21 pm
                Parti ted the EC challenge meetings for hacking the EVM but as expected could not do anything. Finally called the meeting as eye wash Which shows their bankruptcy and hypocrisy in criticising the EVM for their defeat in recent Election. These type of drama bazy shows that he is unfit to rule Delhi.
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                  PMP
                  Jun 3, 2017 at 4:02 pm
                  AAP's tactics are a hogwash.a party of bunch of hoodlums lead by a debauched megalomaniac
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