The Election Commission of India (ECI) on 12 April 2017 threw an open challenge to people to hack its Electronic Voting Machine (EVM). The move came after opposition parties urged it to revert to the paper ballot system raising doubts over infallibility of the EVMs. Reports suggest that the experts, technocrats, scientists and others can come forward to hack the machines.
The challenge, which will be last for a week of 10 days, will be open to the public in the first week of May 2017. The Commission had announced a similar challenge in 2009 and it claimed no one could hack the EVMs. Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu has welcomed the Election Commission’s decision to open challenge. Naidu said if anybody has proof they can show that to the commission.
It seems those political parties and its leaders who claimed that the EVMs used by the Election Commission were tampered during the recent concluded Assembly elections will come forward to prove their claim. The results of the assembly elections in five states, namely Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur, were announced on 11 March 2017. Post results, several political leaders claimed requested the Election Commission to replace the EVMs with paper ballots. They claimed that people had lost trust in the efficacy of the machines.