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Electronic Voting Machine

EVM is a simple and reliable equipment for use in electing a candidate from among many candidates
It is portable and easy to operate
It operates on a special Power Pack containing interconnected Batteries
It is tamper-proof and error free
The polling data once recorded is retained even when the power pack is removed

What is the Need?

Modernises the election process
Simple to operate and can be installed in a short time
No scope for invalid votes
Total secrecy of voting data
Facilitates quick and accurate counting possible to declare results on the same day
Re-usable by simply resetting the machine for the next election
Huge expenditure involved in printing, storing and transportation of ballot papers is avoided

How does the voter use it?

The process is basically the same as the present method
The voter is identified, his/her signature obtained and indelible ink mark put on the index finger
Instead of being given a ballot paper at this stage a ballot is released by pressing a button on the Control Unit
The voter then proceeds to the Voting Compartment where the Balloting Unit is kept and votes in secrecy
The balloting Unit has a conventional Ballot Paper (with names and symbols of the contestants) displayed and secured under a transparent protective cover
The voter simply presses a button against the candidate of his/her choice
A light adjacent to the button pressed glows red followed by a beep indicating the vote is recorded

How Are the Votes Counted?

At the end of the poll, the Control Unit and Ballot Unit are switched off and sealed in separate carrying cases in the presence of the candidates or their agents
They are then sent to secure storage centers till the day of the counting
On the day of counting the Control Units are taken to the counting tables
On pressing the “RESULT” button the Control Unit displays the following
Total No. of votes cast
Individual votes recorded against each of the candidates

Is It Fail Proof?

The EVM has been specially designed to collect, record, store, count and display voting data cent per cent accurately
All mechanical, electrical and software security features are provided to ensure the integrity of the voting data

Can it be tampered with or rigged?

It is a state-of-the-art electronic instrument that cannot be tampered with 
It incorporates a microprocessor that has ‘burnt in’ software which cannot be altered or replaced
In case of a booth capture, the presiding Officer can shutdown the EVM by pressing the “CLOSE” button
No votes can be cast on that unit thereafter
On resumption of voting, another EVM must be used to continue the poll