Chief Election Commissioner said parties will get four hours each to demonstrate EVMs can be hacked.
The Election Commission of India on Saturday said the hackathon to prove that electronic voting machines (EVMs) cannot be tampered with, will be held from June 3 onwards.
Political parties have been asked to confirm their participation by May 26. In the challenge, political parties will have to prove that EVMs can be tampered with in the allotted four hours, said Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi.
“Parties will be granted access to EVMs, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system and ballot units for EVM challenge. Parties can choose four EVMs used in any four constituencies to demonstrate tamperability,” he said.
“It will be a failure on the part of the challenger if the EVM turns non-operational upon tampering attempt,” he added.
Zaidi also confirmed that all future elections will be held with VVPAT and EVMs across polling stations. The EC is yet to decide on percentage of VVPAT slips to be counted in all future polls.
Listing out new features in the next generation EVMs, Zaidi said, “Advanced encryption technology, one-time programmable chip, tamper detection and self-diagnostic features in the new generation EVMs will ensure that the machines are tamper-proof.”
Zaidi used the occasion to remind political parties of their responsibility saying that improving integrity of election process is shared responsibility of both EC and political parties.
The Aam Aadmi Party, which rules in Delhi, has consistently claimed that it lost several elections because EVMs were tampered with. The party has said even if voters vote for any other party, the vote went to the BJP. Delhi MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj had demonstrated how to hack an EVM in the Delhi Assembly on a “dummy” machine.
In an attempt to enhance faith of voters in EVM voting system, the Election Commission of India held a press conference at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi on Saturday. Working of Electronic Voting Machines(EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System(VVPAT) was also demonstrated.
The Chief Election Commissioner, Nasim Zaidi made several key announcements in the conference.