Election Commission's EVM challenge is unconstitutional: Uttarakhand HC

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The Election Commission of India closed its "EVM challenge" on Saturday when neither of the two participants, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Communist Party of India (Marxist), came forward to "tamper" the electronic voting machines (EVMs). By the time the deadline expired at 5 pm on May 26, only two parties, the NCP and the CPI (M), had confirmed their participation for the EVM challenge, according to the Election Commission. For the challenge, 14 EVMs are brought from Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab. Earlier, the poll panel had held a meeting with 42 political parties over the issue of EVMs, he added. "This is deplorable", CPI General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy said over the phone. The proceedings will be judged by the members of a technical committee, which would help the Commission to evaluate the machine.

The Election Commission during a press conference also assured that the EVMs are tamper-free and threw open a challenge to anyone who can prove that EVMs can be rigged. "But we will not allow them to manipulate the internal circuitry, just the way the EC [Election Commission] has laid down rules for its challenge". "It raises doubts about the motive of Election Commission behind this denial", the leader said.

"But we will not allow them to manipulate the internal circuitry, just the way the EC [Election Commission] has laid down rules for its challenge". "It raises doubts about the motive of Election Commission behind this denial", the leader said.

"Serial numbers of battery and memory are crucial parts of an Electronic Voting Machine and should have been provided, as it was a specific request and these were very much available with the EC", she said in letter to Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi on Saturday.

The ECI invited seven national and 49 state parties recognized by it for the challenge.

Each participant will get four EVMs to try to hack into it within four hours. Commission then announced an EVM Challenge and spelt out a complete framework and send to all political parties on 20th May along with invitation. "I don't want to comment any further on what they said".

He clarified that the EVMs used by the Maharashtra Election Commission for the urban local body polls do not belong to the Election Commission.

What happened at the EVM challenge?

The ECI has maintained that demands that they be allowed to change the motherboard of the machines is outlandish for once it is replaced they seize to be ECI machines.

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