Calling Arvind Kejriwal. Election Commission Seeks Inputs For Hackathon

Suggestions for how to conduct a hackathon of voting machines will be sought on Friday morning from political parties by the Election Commission at a meeting in Delhi.  Mr Kejriwal has said that the machines were manipulated to ensure he lost February's election in Punjab and that the Commission was complicit in the conspiracy with the BJP, which has been elected in states like Uttar Pradesh with incredulous margins.The Commission's meeting on Friday with representatives of major parties- seven national and 48 regional - comes after Mr Kejriwal's party provided some major political theatre yesterday by using the Delhi Assembly to demonstrate that voting machines are not hard to rig.  AAP said the gadget it used was built by IIT grads and there was "not even 1 percent difference" between the prototype and actual voting machines. Mr Kejriwal also proclaimed that it would not take "more than 90 seconds" to crack the code of a voting machine.Apart from Mr Kejriwal, parties including the Congress have challenged the legitimacy of electronic voting machines.  The Commission has confirmed that the next general election in 2019 will use only upgraded machines that offer instant evidence of the vote recorded by printing a paper receipt that is visible before it drops into a sealed box.At Friday's session, parties will be asked to help draft the guidelines for the hackathon. No other observer will be permitted into the premises for the event.

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