Uttarakhand High Court Says EC’s Hackathon Unconstitutional, EC Refuses To Budge
New Delhi: As the Election Commission makes preparations for the hackathon, Uttarakhand High Court said the event is unconstitutional. However, the EC said that it will not cancel its plans.
Meanwhile, the court will deliver its verdict later on Friday evening. The court which had earlier asked for electronic voting machines used in Uttarakhand election to be seized after Congress candidates complained that the result was manipulated against them.
However, Friday’s warning to the EC against its plans for Saturday is based on a case filed by a Congress leader, Dr Ramesh Pandey, who said the Commission does not have the authority to conduct the event.
Meanwhile, Election Commission has arranged more than 10 vote machines that were recently used in elections including in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand for tomorrow’s hackathon. Now it’s the turn of political parties to try and prove that the machines can be rigged.
A total of 14 Electronic Voting Machines or EVMs will be made available to representatives of Sharad Pawar’s party and the Left who hope to prove that the Election Commission is wrong and that the equipment used by it can be gamed, as alleged by a series of political outfits including the Congress and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party or AAP after Prime Minister Narendra Modi front-lined his party’s gigantic wins in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
AAP, which has accused the Election Commission of colluding with the BJP to rig results in its favour, has announced that it will hold a parallel hackathon of its own tomorrow.
At the Election Commission’s event, hackers will get five hours -from 10 am to 2 pm – and access to four machines each. The other EVMs will be kept as a backup.
The participant will be considered “failed” if the EVM stops functioning as a result of its inbuilt defence mechanism against tampering.
The participants — three members per party – can “physically examine” EVMs and check circuits, chips and motherboard, but cannot replace any part. Arvind Kejriwal’s party had asked for these restrictions to be removed, claiming it “would not be possible to tamper with the machines without giving people a free hand to do so.”