Wednesday, September 16, 2009

On EVMs and Some Unanswered Questions - || Satyameva Jayate ||

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    • A few weeks ago, during my last visit to Bharat, I met Anupam Saraph, Pune’s Chief Information Commissioner.
    • Below is a story about EVMS and some unanswered questions…in the words of Anupam and Prof M Nalapat. Do read and think about it. Reading about what they uncovered made me feel very uneasy…
    • From Tracking the Elections 2009 (emphasis mine):

      Elections were held in 5 phases across India. The last phase of polling was completed on the 13th of May 2009. The counting of votes was to begin on the 16th of May 2009.

    • The excel spreadsheets on candidate information for all India downloaded from the ECI website between the 6th and 15th of May had “coded” Candidate Names, Party Names and votes polled.

        • If data in these files was test/dummy data, how does it match the winners in 108 constituencies or 106 according to another analysis?

        • If the the data in these files was test/dummy data, what was it testing? Why was this test taking place during the polling period?
        • What tests were these that required only some data to keep changing and others to remain unchanging?