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Hackathon on EVM tampering: As EC throws ‘challenge’, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal claims ‘backtracking’

EVM hackathon: The AAP is set to reach out to other parties on the issue to decide the future course of action.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 13, 2017 12:18 pm
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Not satisfied with the Election Commission’s “challenge” to tamper EVMs, the AAP remained at loggerheads with the commission and alleged that it had “backed out” from the promised “hackathon”. The party sparred over the “definition” of “hacking” and demanded that the EC should “provide AAP with a machine that the party will try to hack”. The AAP is set to reach out to other parties on the issue to decide the future course of action.

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who attended the all-party meeting with the Election Commission, along with Greater Kailash MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj, and adviser to CM, Gopal Mohan, told the gathering that the demand for “hackathon” should not be viewed “negatively”. “This is not to question faith in EC but to help it evolve…” Sisodia said. As the meeting progressed, activist Tehseen Poonawalla, who has been backing the AAP on the EVM tampering allegations, tweeted, “It is not a hacking challenge. I am in the meeting. ECI has again changed goal post.”

Later in the day, Kejriwal tweeted, “Sad that EC has backed out of hackathon”. “Surprising. It was BJP who opposed EVMs till 2014. Now BJP supports EVMs?”

“Why is the Election Commission scared of having a hackathon? If EVMs can’t be tampered, then hackathon will prove it!” tweeted Atishi Marlena, member of the AAP Political Affairs Committee.

Sisodia, meanwhile, put out some demands — the EC should provide AAP with a machine that the party will try to hack. Use VVPAT machine on all booths in all upcoming elections and make a rule for the counting of 25 per cent VVPAT slips in all Assembly. Make arrangements for political funding of all parties 100 per cent transparent. Stop present government from making arrangement for corporate funding via back gate. He says ‘this is dangerous for democracy. In this, anyone giving Rs 2,000 to a party is held accountable but no one know about the one gives crores’.”

Bhardwaj told The Indian Express, “The EC has backtracked on the hackathon and put forward an absolutely wrong definition of a hackathon. They want us to tamper the EVM in in-situ conditions, which will not be a hackathon… This is exactly what the EC had done in 2009. If we are not allowed to open up the EVM then how will it be hacked? They should have made it an opportunity to prove that EVMs cannot be tampered with.”

“The EC also misquoted court judgments and did not even bring up the recent Supreme Court order. We will now reach out to other political parties agitating against the issue and decide on the future course of action,” he added.

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    rkannan
    May 13, 2017 at 5:23 pm
    So essentially, AAP is unable hack when asked to do under the conditions in which elections are held. Once again, it stands exposed.
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      ak dev
      May 13, 2017 at 5:01 pm
      1) Don't use s to attach the outer cover. Instead seal or mould the EVM at the manufacturing time so that it can't be opened without destroying it. This will ensure that motherboard can't be changed. ..... 2) The control unit of EVM should checksum the software used in EVM each time the EVM is used at the time of voting. ..... 3) Before transporting EVM and its control unit, both should be set for a om handshaking key so that if EVM is replaced during transit, handshaking should fail when the EVM will be connected at pol booth.
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        ak dev
        May 13, 2017 at 5:05 pm
        1) Don't use "s c r e w s" to attach the outer cover. Instead seal or mould the EVM at the manufacturing time so that it can't be opened without destroying it. This will ensure that motherboard can't be changed. ..... 2) The control unit of EVM should checksum the software used in EVM each time the EVM is used at the time of voting. ..... 3) Before transporting EVM and its control unit, both should be set for a r a n d o m handshaking key (not displa ) so that if EVM is replaced during transit, handshaking should fail when the EVM will be connected at p o l l i n g booth
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      2. Vinayak Upadhyaya
        May 13, 2017 at 4:54 pm
        Kejriwal does not want to resign on allegation by Kapil Mishra because AAP has won Delhi elections on tampered EVM machines. Thus there is no question to resign because his victory was not genuine.
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          true indian
          May 13, 2017 at 5:09 pm
          Did Feku resign when it was proved that he had received money from Birla? Reddy brothers gave BJP crores and crores in exchange for allowing loot of the country. Mafia BJP is ru the country. What are you talking about?
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          ak dev
          May 13, 2017 at 4:43 pm
          After reading comments from the AAPees, it looks EVM drama has given them a new lease of life. After repeated defeats they were ashamed to face the people. With EVM drama they are chest thumping and challenging EC. There may be a small percentage of people other than AAPees who think in the same way. However, majority is wil to kick the AAP hard in next election.
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          1. Anthony Mathias
            May 13, 2017 at 3:36 pm
            It could be that the circuit of the machine could be changed by connecting some fine wires in the PCB before the machine is brought into use and then removed after the election is over. When the machine is brought into use are the poll agents and party representatives given a demo/trial to show that if I press a AAP symbol the vote has gone to AAP's tally and so with others. I don't think there is a method of doing this just before actual pol starts. This demo should be available for the pol officers and the party managers to be able to see to whose account the vote went. This will be possible only with paper trail. The machines used in recent elections should be checked for this aspect. The Uttarakhand High Court has asked the machines to be kept sealed for inspection and I am waiting to hear the report of their investingation.
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            1. Vinayak Upadhyaya
              May 13, 2017 at 5:05 pm
              We are not a European nation of tiny population . We are a nation of 1.30 billion people . Some over ambitious and jealous elements of AAP has started throwing stones on Election commission to protect their defeat. It is not possible to conduct fair poll through ballot paper because there was allegations of changing and looting of ballot box. How a nation of huge voters can exercise voting without proper and advance electronic system.
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