The Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Shibli Faraz has announced one million rupees award for a person who will hack the Pakistan-made electronic voting machine (EVM).
According to media reports, Shibli Faraz has made the announcment during a press conference in Islamabad on Friday. He said that the Ministry will challenge hackers to hack the EVM and if they can hack it, the Ministry will give them an award of one million rupees.
The Technology Minister further stated that there was no easier way to cast a vote than the EVM and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should not put itself in a controversial position. He said that 400,000 machines had been produced locally and the cost of manufacturing per machine was estimated between Rs75,000-70,000.
Shibli Faraz has said that the twenty seven out of the thirty seven points that the ECP had highlighted in a document submitted to the Senate Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs are a “charge sheet” against it. He said that the ECP doesn’t want to conduct elections via EVM.