New Delhi: A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Uttarakhand High Court seeking a stay on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) hackathon challenge organised by the Election Commission scheduled for Saturday.
The PIL 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.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) wrote to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) stating that a total of 14 randomly selected Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) have been brought for the hacking challenge.
The Election Commission in its letter said that the machine are randomly selected and brought sealed from different polling booth from five state which went on polling recently.
Total eight political parties have accepted the challenge of the Election Commission to hack the EVM. The NCP has nominated its three representatives for participating in the challenge.
“The AAP and the Congress raised some issue but as per existing framework of challenge, they did not express their interest in participating,” stated EC in a press note. The NCP have not chosen any EVMs as per the framework and has left it to the polling commission.
Earlier, the poll panel had asked the opposition parties and experts to prove that the EVMs, used in the assembly elections, can be tampered with.
However, the EC put forth terms and conditions for the parties attempting to tamper the machines. The EC said that only those parties, national and regional, that took part in the recently concluded assembly elections can hack the EVMs.
The poll panel said that the EVMs need to be picked from its warehouses in Delhi at parties’ own cost.
Each political party was allowed to pick at least four EVMs of their choice from any four polling stations out of the five poll-gone states. The EVMs involved in the election petition or those sealed will not be allowed in the hackathon.
The poll panel said that if the EVM becomes non-functional after the tamper attempt or if the tamper result is same as the one put out by EC or if the challenger violates the rules-set, the challenge will be struck down.