NCP And CPM Express Satisfaction Over EVMs At Hackathon
New Delhi: The Election Commission, which held hackathon on Saturday, said that the political parties that participated in the event expressed satisfaction of the EVMs.
The Commission decided to conduct hackathon to prove its EVMs are unhackable, as many parties alleged that EVMs were tampered with.
Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi told media that the CPM and the NCP that participated in the event were satisfied with the EVMs after the demonstration.
Claiming that the NCP and the CPM didn’t want to participate in the challenge, but were only interested in participating in an academic exercise, Zaidi said that now they were satisfied with the outcome.
Zaidi said that the CMP team expressed complete satisfaction and suggested that the commission should hold such demonstrations and awareness sessions proactively.
The NCP team had told us that doubts sprang up due to the alleged problems with EVMs during municipal elections in Maharashtra, Zaidi said. However, he clarified that the EVMs used by the Maharashtra Election Commission for the urban local body polls do not belong to the EC.
ZAidi said the NCP team expressed willingness to opt out requesting ECI should evolve a system, which clearly distinguishes ECI EVMs from that of state EC EVMs.
The NCP and the CPI (M) were the only parties that participated in the event. Three representatives each nominated by both parties attended the session.
The Commission used 14 EVMs from Punjab, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh for the challenge.