EVM hacking challenge postponed

The Electoral commission of Namibia (ECN) has postponed the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) hacking challenge exercise that was scheduled to take place on 18 July.

In a media statement issued on Tuesday, ECN Chief Electoral Officer, Theo Mujoro said majority of members of Political Parties Liaison Committee who requested the ECN to postpone the EVM hacking challenge date, to allow political parties enough time to prepare for it.

Mujoro said political parties raised concerns about the credibility and integrity of the EVM to the ECN and other platforms such as the newspapers and social media.

Parties alleged that EVMs can be hacked to store the record other than that of the voters and that the EVM used can be tempered with to favour a particular candidate or political party by altering the results stored in the EVM after the polls, said Mujoro.

He said the ECN took cognizant of this concern as part of the on-going consultation between the commission and political parties to ensure credibility within all aspect of electoral process and invited registered political parties to take part in the EVM hacking challenge exercise.

Mujoro said the EVM hacking challenge is an opportunity to demonstrate to them if the EVMs could be tempered with, within in the current administrative and security protocols put in place by ECN.

The Chief Electoral Officer told Nampa that Political Parties Liaison Committee asked the ECN to postpone the exercise until 13 August, adding that it will be the day when political parties are expected to come and demonstrate how the EVM can be hacked.

Source: Namibia Press Agency