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Won't try EVM hacking, says CPM on EC Challenge


New Delhi, June 1: The CPI(M) will not try to hack EVM during the Election Commission's challenge, but will suggest precautionary measures to ensure transparent polls, the party said on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters in Delhi, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury also reiterated that the Left party is for use of voter-verifiable paper audit trail in EVMs in all the polls. VVPAT is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip drops in a box but the voter cannot take it home.

Sitaram Yechury

The CPI(M) and NCP are the only two opposition parties which have agreed to participate in the Election Commission's challenge.

"We are not saying that we will hack EVMs, but we will tell the EC what additional precautions can be taken and in what way to ensure transparent poll process, we will suggest that," he said responding to a question.

The Marxist leader also wondered why the challenge is being called "hackathon". The challenge would take place on June 3 between 10 am and 2 pm at Nirvachan Sadan, the Election Commission headquarters.

The poll panel is set to hold the challenge after several opposition parties, including AAP and BSP, flagged concerns over the machines, particularly after Uttar Pradesh assembly elections and Delhi civic polls, contending the machines could be hacked.


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