EC Plans To Hold Hackathon Of EVMs By May End

Amid criticisms, the Election Commission has decided to hold an open hackathon for people to try and hack the voting machines.

New Delhi: The chorus against Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) grew after the recent Assembly elections. All the opposition parties that lost the elections alleged that the EVMs were tampered. Amidst these criticisms, the Election Commission decided to hold an open hackathon for people to try and hack the voting machines in the last week of May.

As the noise grew after Delhi civic poll results were announced last month, the EC has said that it would invite experts, scientists, technocrats and representatives from all political parties to come and try to hack the machines.

The EC asserts that they are tamper-proof. A delegation of 16 parties have recently met President Pranab Mukherjee and have submitted a memorandum alleging the tampering of voting machines in the elections held recently. The parties also urged the EC to revert to ballot system.

This is not the first time that the Election Commission has announced such a challenge. In 2009, it challenged experts to hack the EVMs, and nobody could do it.

The Election Commission also said that it would convene an all-party meeting on May 12 to discuss the issue of reliability of EVMs.

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