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Election Commission announces EVM hackathon in last week of May

 2017-05-04 14:18:36.0

Election Commission announces EVM hackathon in last week of May

Tahlka News Bureau

New Delhi: The Election Commission has called for a meeting on the 12th of this month with the leaders of all major parties. After that, a hackathon will be held in the last week of May that will give techies and others a shot at providing that electronic voting machines or EVMs can be manipulated.

The Election Commission had conducted a similar challenge in 2009 and no one could hack the EVMs.

All of the Opposition parties, including Congress, have alleged tampering of the EVMs after the recent Assembly elections. A delegation of 16 parties recently met President Pranab Mukherjee and submitted a memorandum on the alleged tampering of the voting machines during the Feburary-March elections.

Last month, under pressure form the Supreme Court, the center last month cleared the release of 3,000 crores towards new voting machines that have the additional security feature of a printed receipt. VVPATs - verifiable voter paper audit trails- which provides an instant confirmation of the vote cast through a slip of paper that is visible to the voter before it drops into the a sealed box.

The general elections in 2019 will be run by these VVPATs.

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