The Election Commission will hold the much-awaited hackathon from June 3 where technocrats and representatives of political parties will be invited to try and hack into its Electronic Voting Machines. The open challenge is the poll panel's attempt to counter the Aam Aadmi Party which claims that EVMs were rigged to favour the BJP in recent assembly elections in five states and MCD polls in Delhi.
The Election Commission will hold the much-anticipated hackathon from June 3, giving a chance to technocrats and political parties to try and prove that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) can be tampered with.
May 20, 2017 4:16 pm (IST)
The political parties willing to participate in the EVM challenge must mandatorily confirm their interest to ECI by 5 pm, on 26th May, 2017.
The commission will further welcome suggestions and complains related to EVMS... The commissions will make sure that they don't give a fine line of doubt in the mind of the people... EC rubbishes the claims of EVMs getting tampered... All the machines are stand alone machines, They can't get connected to the internet, there is no chance of hacking...There is no frequency receiver... Therefore, no tampering can be done via wireless devices, says Zaidi
May 20, 2017 3:26 pm (IST)
All future elections will be held with VVPAT along with EVMs across polling stations, to bring in transparency: Naseem Zaidi, CEC
May 20, 2017 3:25 pm (IST)
After the all-party meeting, the commissions welcomed the suggestions provided by the party. The EC further specified that it doesn't have any favourites. EC has also taken an account of the complaints which they received.
May 20, 2017 3:22 pm (IST)
The EC has received complaints and few suggestions related to EVM post five-state elections. The commissions asked the complainers to provide them with adequate proof related to tampering.
May 20, 2017 3:16 pm (IST)
Election Commissions press conference on EVM chaired by Nasim Zaidi has begun in New Delhi
May 20, 2017 2:45 pm (IST)
Professor Rajat Moona, director IIT Kharagpur and a member of EC tech committee on EVM speaks to CNN-News18's Sumit Pande : "Once you change the motherboard, it's no longer EVM. As far as software is concerned any access to make alterations in the software is burnt at the time of manufacturing. The chip is non-rewritable"
May 20, 2017 11:10 am (IST)
RECAP | Saurabh Bhardwaj, who led the charge in demonstrating how EVMs can be tampered with, said: "If match fixing in cricket is a truth, then EVM tampering is also a truth."
May 20, 2017 11:06 am (IST)
RECAP | Former Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla questioned the EVM stunt by AAP and asked where did the machines come from." Heard a demonstration was made in Delhi Assembly how EVMs can be hacked....My question is where did these machines come from?" said Chawla. Chawla said, surely, these machines cannot be the ones issued by the EC.
Even as Aam Aadmi Party carried out an exercise in the Delhi Assembly to demonstrate the vulnerability of EVMs, a source in Election Commission of India said it was all done on a 'prototype EVM'.
May 20, 2017 11:02 am (IST)
How are EVM’s safeguarded against fraud?
Every EVM has an identity number attached to it, which is recorded in the Election Commission’s database. This ID is cross-checked against the database when it is being transported to and from the election booth. This process is done before the counting of votes begins. The machines are guarded by central forces between the period of voting and counting.
May 20, 2017 10:10 am (IST)
How did Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) come into the picture?
The Supreme Court in October 8, 2013, on a PIL by Subramanian Swamy, directed the EC to introduce the VVPAT system in a phased manner so that full implementation is achieved by 2019. It was done to ensure free and fair polls as it would aid in resolving disputes if any. On a national level, the system was introduced in 8 of 543 parliamentary constituencies during the 2014 general elections. It was used in 516 polling stations across eight states. The system first experimented in 2013 Nagaland by-polls.
May 20, 2017 10:05 am (IST)
Here’s a timeline of elections when allegations against EVMs surfaced:
- 2009 General Elections: BJP, through Subramanian Swamy, had alleged that if the party doesn’t perform well then it would, primarily be due to the fact that the EVMs “could have been tampered with”.
- 2009 Odisha elections – Senior Congress leader JB Patnaik alleged that the BJD had won the election by bribing candidates and tampering EVMs.
- In 2014 General elections, Congress leader and Assam CM Tarun Gogoi said that BJP indulged in EVM fraud.
- In the latest, after 2017 UP assembly polls, Mayawati has claimed that it was only because of EVM machines being tampered with that BJP has emerged victorious.
May 20, 2017 10:03 am (IST)
What’s the machine made of?
It’s a single unit machine, which works on batteries without any network connectivity. They are made up of two machines, one is the control unit and the other is the balloting unit. A presiding officer is in charge of the control unit and once the vote is ready to be cast, the officer activates the balloting unit. The voter then presses a button to register their vote for a particular candidate. The machine can record 64 different candidates at one point of time. The maximum number of votes that can be recorded in one machine is 3,840.
May 20, 2017 10:02 am (IST)
When were EVMs first used in India?
The machines were first introduced in 1982 in the bye-election to Parur Assembly constituency of Kerala for 50 polling stations.
May 20, 2017 10:01 am (IST)
What is an Electronic Voting Machine?
It is a simple electronic device used to record votes. EVMs have been part and parcel of elections in India since 1999 and was adopted across all polls from 2004. It seeks to reduce time in casting vote and declaring results. Of course, from an environmental point of view, it helps save paper.