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 tomorrow.
Sources in the Commission said two separate counters have been set up for the CPI (M) and the NCP for the challenge with the participants getting four hours each to tamper with the EVMs.
Since neither of the two parties had indicated any preference, the poll panel has brought machines from Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh for the challenge. "The representatives of the NCP and CPM did not wish to participate in the challenge". They also expressed desire to interact with the TEC and had a detailed doubt clearing session in which in depth technical doubts were clarified by TEC of the Commission. This came out as a blow as AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) who was the first one to say that they rigged EVM's, didn't participate in the elections.
As reported by DNA, the court has asked the EC to hold full commission meeting and inform it if it plans to go ahead with the EVM challenge.
Over a dozen opposition parties, including the Congress, the BSP, SP, the Left, DMK, and JD-U, had urged the EC in April to revert to the paper ballot system in future elections, saying tampering allegations have created "trust deficit" on the reliability of the EVMs.
Zaidi said although the NCP and the CPI (M) reported at the challenge venue they backed out.
The ECI invited seven national and 49 state parties recognised by it for the challenge. Zaidi also insisted that with none of the parties being able to hack the EVMs under the specified conditions had once again been proved that the commission's EVMs were "non-tamperable".
In a closed-door event, Election Commission demonstrated the technical aspect of the EVMs without tampering the device.
Each party can choose four EVMs from any four polling stations out of the five states where assembly elections were held.
The participant would be considered to have "failed" the challenge if the EVM stops functioning due its inbuilt anti- tampering mechanism.
AAP had made a decision to walk out of the challenge when EC denied permission to change the motherboard of the machines.