In an Attempt to Clear its Name, the EC Dared Tech-Experts to Hack Indian EVMs, but Arvind Kejriwal is Ready with his Own Set of Questions and Allegations for the Same…
Recently, the Election Commission of India (ECI) came out with an ‘open’ EVM hacking challenge– an unparalleled move that will put a check on rumors circulated by UPA and its allies. Starting from the first week of May, anybody including technocrats, scientists and digital-experts can take up this challenge that will last for 10 days. Within this period, individuals interested in hacking EVMs can visit the Election Commission office to study EVM functioning.
The Reason Behind EC’s Open Challenge?
Ever since BJP emerged victorious in state assembly elections in 4 out of 5 states last month, at least 16 opposition parties, mainly AAP (Aam Aadmi Party), Congress, Trinamool Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NC) and other leftists like Samajwadi (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have accused the centre of tampering with the EVM machines. A couple of days back, a delegation comprising of Congress and its allies have approached President Pranab Mukherjee regarding this matter.
They accused the ECI for favoring BJP during state assembly polls held during February-March, along with the by-polls being held in several other states. It’s a direct blow on integrity and functioning of the Election Commission. Pissed off by their blame game, the EC invited hackers from all over India to hack their machines in an open challenge.
The political experts are divided in their opinions. Some believe it’s a litmus test for EC—quite necessary to preserve Indian democracy. While on the other hand, a few learned ones have criticized the opposition for its ‘misinformation campaign’. BJP followers took a jibe on the opposition saying that the parties who’ve experienced defeat in various elections are unable to digest their loss.
Arvind Kejriwal is Set to Investigate this ‘Serious’ Matter
Arvind Kejriwal—the King of all Blames, took it as a personal challenge to question EC’s move. He reportedly slammed the body for not issuing a formal statement for the EVM hackathron. He prepared his own list of questions in this matter.
- Why is this news ascribed to ‘anonymous sources’?
- Is this news credible?
- Why hasn’t EC circulated a formal notice regarding it?
- Is this announcement Correct?
Needless to say, no one gave a damn to what Kejriwal had to say. To top it, the Twitteratis mercilessly trolled Delhi CM on Twitter—something we’re used to seeing now.
For those who don’t know, the EC had announced a similar challenge in 2009 under Congress rule and then claimed that no one could hack its EVMs. We wonder what the opposition had to say about it.