Tahlka News Bureau
NewDelhi: The Election Commission is all set to announce a schedule for the long awaited "EVM hackathon" on Saturday, challenging all the political parties to tamper with its electronic voting machines.
Chief Election Commissioner Naseem Zaidi, had said in an all-party meeting on My 12, that a 'challenge' was on the cards for political parties to try and prove that EVMs used in the recent assembly polls were tampered.
However, this will not be the first attempt to prove the theory as a similar challenge in 2009, was held by the Election Commission and no one was able to tamper its machines. A total of 100 EVM machines were brought to Vigyan Bhawan here for the challenge.
The EC have also planned for a demonstration of EVMs and
paper trail machines before the press conference on Saturday.
During the all the all party meet, many party's insisted for conducting the future election's using EVMs provided they are attached to paper trail machines.
While some party representative's said their faith in the machines eroded and the EC should revert to old ballot paper system.
BJP, CPI, CPI (M), AIADMK, DMK, NCP, and JD(U) clearly supported using EVMs, provided paper trail machines are attached to it, BSP, AAP, Trinamool Congress said the paper ballot system are far better and more transparent.
Congress said if ECMs are to be used there should be transparency at every level so that political parties and voter's are separately convinced about the reliability of the machine.
It said that the Supreme Court has been forcing on more transparency, which necessarily does not mean use of EVMs. It said the use of paper trail machines with all EVMs is future elections was fine.
Parties like BSP and the AAP had alleged that the machines used in the recent assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab were tampered with to favor the BJP. Later several other parties joined the chorus and urged the EC to revert to paper ballots.