Faraz says Rs1 million to be awarded for hacking EVM

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Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz addressing a press conference in Islamabad. — PID/File
Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz addressing a press convention in Islamabad. — PID/File

Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz on Friday introduced that anybody who can hack the regionally manufactured digital voting machine (EVM) will get Rs1 million.

The federal minister, talking to journalists in Islamabad, stated: “We will challenge hackers to hack the electronic voting machine and if they can hack it, we will give them an award of Rs1 million.”

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Faraz stated there was “no easier way to cast a vote” than the EVM and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) mustn’t put itself in a “controversial position”.

Faraz advised the media that 400,000 machines had been produced regionally and the price of manufacturing per machine was estimated between Rs75,000-70,000.

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The 27 out of the 37 factors that the ECP had highlighted in a doc submitted to the Senate Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs are a “charge sheet” in opposition to it, he stated.

“The election commission does not want to conduct elections via EVM.”

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Faraz’s assertion got here after officers of the ECP had walked out of a gathering of the Senate Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs following federal minister Azam Swati accusing the fee of taking bribes.

A session of the committee was held below the chair of Senator Taj Haider throughout which the talk on the utilization of digital voting machines for the subsequent normal elections turned hostile.

Opposition senators stated that Swati can’t accuse a constitutional physique of taking bribes, and requested the senator to offer proof to again his declare.

Swati then added that such establishments conduct all elections by way of “rigging” and ought to be “set on fire”. At this, the ECP officers walked out in protest.

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