AAP urges EC not to set any rules for hacking EVMs

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New Delhi, May 24 : The AAP on Wednesday urged the Election Commission to “reconsider” the terms of the EVM challenge, saying it should not set any rules and regulations and allow it to be an open “hackathon”.

An Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) delegation led by senior leader Sanjay Singh submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission in this regard and also sought clarity on the proposed challenge to the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM).

The memorandum, addressed to Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi, said that it was “extremely worrying” that in the EVM challenge, the participants would not be allowed to tamper or change the mother-board of the EVM.

Noting that it was not an issue related to just one political party but a question of safeguarding democracy in this country, it said: “We urge you (CEC) to make the right decision in the long-term interests of the nation.”

It also asked if anyone wished to rig an election result, would they follow the rules and regulations set by the Election Commission.

“We strongly urge you to reconsider the terms of the EVM challenge. Please do not set any such rules and regulations and allow it to be an open hackathon where tampering of any kind can be demonstrated on the machine,” the AAP said in the memorandum.

Other leaders in the delegation included Atishi Marlena, Pankaj Gupta and Ashutosh.

The Election Commission last week has announced it will hold a hacking challenge from June 3 to prove that its EVMs cannot be tampered with or hacked and came out with a framework of conditions under which this will be done.


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