The Election Commission of India finally broke its silence on Wednesday regarding the allegations put by the parties in the delegation related to the functioning of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and threw an “open challenge” wherein it has invited people to try and check if the EVM machines can be hacked.
In the delegation of opposition parties held on Wednesday, the Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi submitted a memorandum to the President Pranab Mukherjee wherein along with the other issues; they mentioned the issue related to the tampering of the EVM machines. The memorandum stated, “The recent cases of alleged tampering and malfunctioning of EVM machines, particularly in the recently concluded assembly elections, has raised bonafide concerns on the possibility of manipulating electoral outcomes.”
These allegations were forcing the Poll Panel to start the Paper-Ballot system of voting again by raising doubts regarding the machines. Therefore the Election Commission of India and the Poll Panel threw an “open challenge” which consists of four levels. And the poll panel has stated that all the people from the political parties, experts, and the scientists are invited to come and check the functioning of the EVM machines and try to hack them and see if they can be hacked. The poll panel also stated that the “open challenge” will start from May 1 and will continue for ten days. They confirmed that the proceedings of these 10 days would be video-graphed to prevent further doubts and allegations.