No takers for EVM hacking challenge yet: AAP, BSP, Cong quiet as deadline looms
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No takers for EVM hacking challenge yet: AAP, BSP, Cong quiet as deadline looms

Friday last date to confirm participation in event to test security of voting machines. Congress says it is undecided, no communication yet from AAP, BSP, Trinamool

india Updated: May 25, 2017 16:58 IST
Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
EVM tampering,EC,hackathon
The event set for June 3 will give political parties a chance to prove allegations that voting machines can be rigged.(HT FILE PHOTO)

None of the recognised national or state political parties have confirmed their participation in a session to test the security of voting machines, sources in the Election Commission (EC) said on Thursday.

The session, where people would attempt to break into electronic voting machines (EVMs), is scheduled for June 3 after parties such as the Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Trinamool Congress said the machines can be tampered with to sway votes.

No party came forward to confirm their participation, a day before the May 26 deadline to inform the poll panel, sources said.

“We have not taken a call on whether to participate yet,” said Vivek Tankha, the head of All India Congress Committee’s legal cell .

The commission has given the parties till May 26 to confirm their attendance.

Allegations that the machines were not tamper-proof centre around the Bharatiya Janata Party’s landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh.

The EC has consistently denied the accusations, and, after an all party meeting, announced an open challenge.

Jan Lok Shakti party spokesperson Sanjay Saraf told Hindustan Times that the party will not participate in the challenge as they do not doubt the efficiency of the EVMs.

First Published: May 25, 2017 14:08 IST