How’s EC or Election Commission behaving like? If someone tells EC that the EVMs being used in Elections are hackable or are not tamper proof, will EC conduct a EVM Hackathon?
We’re hearing about EVM Hackathon going to be arranged by EC sometime in 4th week of May. The EC Hackathon event will be an open challenge to anyone who wants to hack (take unauthorized control of) or tamper the EVM or Electronic Voting machine without opening it. Alright, the Hackathon news was of early April 2017, approximately a month ago. The latest news is that the EC will decide on ‘open challenge’ to hack EVMs at all-party meet on May 12 2017.
How’s EC or Election Commission behaving like? If someone tells EC that the EVMs being used in Elections are hackable or are not tamper proof, will EC conduct a Hackathon? This is the height of drama. A behavior least expected from a body which has the sole duty of conducting free and fair elections across India.
Actually, the bodies like EC are as sane as the Governments governing the country. The more this drama ensues, the more credibility EC will lose.
The correct way forward for the EC at a time when the Opposition parties are rallying together to demand an audit of the EVMs, alleging the devices can be easily manipulated, is going back to the paper ballot. By adopting the paper ballot in future elections. Sadly, VVPATs are not the solution to absolve the EVMs from all the accusations. Remember if people are suspecting EVMS, then instead of technology, it will be the people who will be instrumental in bringing the faith back (after all, people have conscience).
To conclude, going back to paper ballots is not that wrong either. It will give the EC some useful data to compare EVM outcomes with those of the paper ballot. And at present, it’s much saner and logical, then conducting some Hackathon!
In the meantime, EC can test more EVMs from its sample. It must test more such samples as well.