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Never promised a ‘no-holds-barred hackathon’, EC responds to AAP’s allegations

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday said that it had never made a “promise” to hold a “no-holds-barred hackathon” when it had announced the EVM hacking challenge.

“About a ‘promised no-holds-barred hackathon’, it’s clarified that no such ‘promise’ was ever made or announced by the Commission,” the EC said in a statement.

Responding to the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) charge that it was turning tail on a “promised no-holds-barred hackathon”, the EC specified that participants in the challenge had to adhere to the guidelines laid down by the poll body.

“EVM Challenge will be conducted within framework of existing administrative safeguards and security protocols,” the EC reiterated.

The AAP had objected to the “rules and regulations” imposed by the EC in its planned hackathon. The party demanded that its representative be allowed to “tamper” with the EVM motherboard at the challenge.

The EC maintains that changing internal circuitry of the electronic device is like changing the device itself and turned down AAP’s petition.

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