The Aam Aadmi Party is all set to organize its own EVM challenge (electronic voting machine challenge) on Saturday, June 3 – coinciding with the event by the Election Commission on the same lines. The Arvind Kejriwal-led party has invited technical experts from different political parties and wizards from EC itself to participate in the event. The hackathon will witness people testing the voting machine used by AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj to prove “EVM tampering”.
Bharadwaj who is also AAP’s Delhi Unit Secretary said that this EVM challenge will be better and bigger than the one by the poll body planned for the same day. Insisting that the event was open to everybody, he said “Our challenge is open to everyone — all government and non-government technocrats and political parties. We invite Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi himself to come with technical experts and hack our duplicate EVM without manually working on it. Our aim is to prove that it can’t be done. Through this, we aim to prove that the Election Commission’s hackathon is a farce”.
AAP made the announcement after EC rejected the Arvind Kejriwal’s party demanding to allow hacking the machines by tampering with the motherboard. After not being allowed to fiddle with the motherboards, AAP withdrew from the hackathon. In their own EVM tampering challenge, the voting machine will be the same that was previously used by Saurabh Bharadwaj last month in the Delhi Legislative Assembly. The EC had said that it was not the real ‘ECI-EVM’ used by the Election Commission of India but a ‘look-alike’.
In the Election Commission’s challenge which will be held today, 10 EVMS that were used in the recent state polls in Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Punjab, and Manipur and Goa will be tested to prove that these voting machines cannot be rigged.
The idea for the challenge by EC started when several opposition parties like AAP alleged that the voting machines used in the February Assembly Elections and subsequently, the Delhi MCD elections were tampered with. Only the CPI (M) and NCP have positively responded to Election Commission’s EVM hackathon challenge.