New Delhi, June 3, 2017: The Election Commission, holding Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) challenge at its headquarters in Nirvachan Sadan has begun on Saturday.
The poll panel is holding the hackathon challenge after several Opposition parties, including Aam Aadmi Party, raised doubts about reliability of the electronic voting machines (EVM).
On Friday, the Uttarakhand High Court dismissed a plea which called for a stay on the EVM challenge claiming the Election Commission does not have the authority to conduct the event.
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While seven national parties and 49 state parties had been invited to the challenge, only NCP and CPI-M have applied to participate. While each party is allowed three representatives, they will be given four machines and four hours to hack into it. The machines have been brought from Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh where recent Assembly elections were held.
At the same time, the Aam Aadmi Party, which had raised complaints of tampering of the machines following its defeat in the Punjab and Goa polls, will conduct its own ‘hackathon’ today after its request of a ‘open hackathon’ was shot down by the Election Commission. AAP had also asked the EC to remove some of the restrictions it had placed in its EVM challenge.