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Election Commission Challenges People to Hack EVMs

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Representational image of EVMs being set up. Credit: PTI

The Election Commission today threw an “open challenge” to people to hack its electronic voting machines (EVMs), a move which comes after opposition parties urged it to revert to the paper ballot system raising doubts about the infallibility of the machines.

“From the first week of May, experts, scientists, technocrats can come for a week or ten days and try to hack the machines,” an official source said.

They said the challenge will be open for a week or ten days and will have various levels.

The commission had announced a similar challenge in 2009 and it claimed no one could hack its EVMs.

The hackathon announcement comes a day after 16 opposition parties urged the commission to switch to a paper ballot system to allay their fears of tampering.

Since the Assembly elections for five states, including UP and Punjab, concluded last month, several opposition party leaders like Mayawati and Arvind Kejriwal have questioned the infallibility of the EVMs.  There were even allegations of the machines only registering votes for the BJP in a demonstration ahead of the Madhya Pradesh elections, which the EC debunked.

(With inputs from PTI)