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THE USE OF EVMS: SOME DOUBTS AND FEW SUGGESTIONS

THE USE OF EVMS: SOME DOUBTS AND FEW SUGGESTIONS

THE USE OF EVMS: SOME DOUBTS AND FEW SUGGESTIONS

The  three-member Election Commission and the technical experts committee of the Election Commission have been interacting with various political parties on  the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

The following are the issues  regarding the reliability of the EVMs. These issues need to be addressed by the Election Commission in order to clear the apprehensions over the EVMs. This is essential as concerns over the efficacy of the EVMs question people’s confidence in the democratic electoral process.  The concerns are as follows:

1. Is there a possibility of incorporating a Trojan horse into the chip?

2. Is there a possibility of manipulation of chips during manufacturing, insertion and transportation stages?

3. Whether it is a fact that there is a lack of EC control on the entire technical process of the EVMs.

4. Whether it is a fact that there is a lack of third party check/inspection/guarantee on the programming of the chips used in the EVMs.

5. What are the reasons for banning the usage of EVMs in some Western countries particularly in Europe? What are the experiences with EVMs in these countries? Are these experiences not pertinent in Indian context? If so, why?

6. Errors have been reported in some machines and the discrepancies in the results. Does these errors raise doubts over authenticity in the functioning of the other EVMs?

7. Can we completely rule-out technically the possibility of tampering with the EVMs to favour a particular political party especially party in power?

8. How does the Election Commission avoid confusion among illiterate voters when simultaneous elections are held for Parliament and Assembly?





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07 Jul, 2020, 17:03:44 PM