Acceptance of moral defeat:BJP on AAP opting out of EVM

The machine to be tested in this exercise will be the same used by Bharadwaj in the Delhi Legislative Assembly last month to demonstrate how it can be tampered with. DH File

The machine to be tested in this exercise will be the same used by Bharadwaj in the Delhi Legislative Assembly last month to demonstrate how it can be tampered with. DH File

"The election commission has taken note of the suggestions offered by the NCP", said Zaidi.

However, the open hackathon planned to show temperability of an EVM was not held by the party today.

The claimants will have to alter the results in the control units used during these polls in exactly the same conditions in which EVMs remain under the technical and administrative safeguards of the EC after elections. "We have not recieved any communication from AAP on this so far", Zaidi said. "Allowing any change of the motherboard or any internal circuit of the EVM is like saying that anyone should be permitted to manufacture a new machine and introduce newly made EVMs in the EC system, which is implausible and irrational", the EC had said while turning down AAP's request.

"The commission will leave no stone unturned to maintain the integrity of the electoral process", Zaidi said at a press briefing.

The participant would be considered to have "failed" the challenge if the EVM stops functioning due its inbuilt anti-tampering mechanism.

While CPM was satisfied with the challenge, NCP had some issues.

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During the EVM hackathon, the NCP said the "source of their doubts has been alleged problems with EVMs during municipal elections in Maharashtra". A total of 14 randomly selected EVMs were brought in from different states.

NCP team again met the Commission where the Commission reiterated their offer that they can still participate in the Challenge or by way of academic exercise by selecting the EVM and then accessing the memory and battery numbers by opening the machines themselves.

Vandana Chavan, the NCP MP, is learnt to have been upset at the way the ECI did not provide the information in advance.

He went on to say that the Election Commission's refusal to accept the legitimacy of the electronic voting machine prototype used by the party did not affect its parallel challenge.

ECI officials say that the AAP's public demonstration of EVM rigging needs to be put in context. A lawmaker of AAP Sourabh Bhardwaj gave a demonstration of EVM tampering inside Delhi Assembly (lawmaking body) during a one-day special session.

"Being a national party we wanted to witness the challenge". Those interested in the challenge had to confirm before 5 PM on May 26. They demanded that no rules should be imposed on how parties try to hack the machines.

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