Tahlka News Bureau
New Delhi: Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party seems to be the only party interested in participating in the upcoming Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) hacking challenge organised by Election Commission of India on June 3, EC spokesperson said. The Aam Aadmi Party and Congress have already said that in the existing framework they won't be participating as they want the rules changed.
The challenge announced by the Election Commission to counter alligations of EVM tampering was first levelled by BSP and Aam Aadmi Party.
"NCP expressed interest in participating in the EVM challenge. AAP and Congress raised some issue as per existing framework of challenge but have not expressed their interest in participating." The CPI, CPI(M),BJP and RLD expressed their interest to observe (the challenge)," he said. However, the All India NR Congress have wrote that it will not participate in the challenge as well, spokesperson said.
The Commission had announced that the challenge to hack and tamper with electronic voting machines (EVMs) would take place on June 3 and the seven recognized national and 49 state parties can apply till this evening to participate in the challenge.
After the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, the BSP and AAP had questioned the reliability of the machines. Later several opposition parties, except the AAP, had urged the EC to revent to ballot papers, saying the faith of people in EVMs has eroded. The demand of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), has accused the Election Commission of "running away from a no-hold barred hackathon". AAP in its letter to the poll commission said it had promised a hackathon but with "rules and regulations".
"Hackers are invited to test the security of any system, using any tools available. Such ethical hacking is to help understand loopholes, so that they can be removed in the future," it said.