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Kejriwal Says EC Backing Out of EVM Hackathon, CEC Says Challenge is on

Zaidi told parties that their "concerns and apprehensions" regarding EVMs have been taken note of and will be addressed through the "forthcoming challenge" and other measures which the EC will take.

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Updated:May 12, 2017, 11:42 PM IST
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Kejriwal Says EC Backing Out of EVM Hackathon, CEC Says Challenge is on
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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday accused the Election Commission of backing out of their promise of holding an Electronic Voting Machines hackathon, while CEC Nasim Zaidi said the challenge is on.

Kejriwal took to Twitter after Zaidi held a meeting with representatives of political parties.

His deputy Manish Sisodia, however, was enthused by the EC’s challenge and said AAP was up for it.

Trying to put the controversy behind them, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said a "challenge" is on the cards.

It will offer opportunity to political parties to prove whether EVMs used in recent elections were tampered with or that EVMs can be tampered with under strict technical and administrative safeguards as applicable during elections, Zaidi said.

He, however, did not give any date for the proposed challenge which he announced in his opening remarks at the meeting.

Zaidi told parties that their "concerns and apprehensions" regarding EVMs have been taken note of and will be addressed through the "forthcoming challenge" and other measures which the EC will take.

The EC also decided that all future elections will be held with EVMs that have a paper trail attached.

The Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail system keeps record of the candidate and symbol a person voted for.

(With PTI inputs)

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