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Questions Over Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs): EC Swears By Machines

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New Delhi: In the midst of the election season, questions are being raised by various Opposition parties over the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) after about 10,000 of these machines malfunctioned at different places during the first three phases of Lok Sabha polls. The Election Commission (EC) has deployed 23.4 lakh EVMs for balloting at 10.5 lakh polling stations across the country.

Of these, the actual deployment of EVMs is 20.07 lakh, with the poll panel having kept 2.5 lakh units as buffer for replacements. Further, the EC strong rooms have 0.83 lakh units which are “locked” with previous election petitions, said sources. EC sources said they have noticed three types of malfunctioning in the EVMs – the paper rolls in the VVPATs getting stuck, keys getting jammed and EVMs and VVPATs (paper trail) suffering lack of synchronisation just as a computer needs to be connected to the printer.

They said two types of machines, M2 and M3, are being used in the Lok Sabha polls. Out of the total 23.4 lakh units, 5.5 lakh are M2 type and 17.9 lakh M3 type. The M3 is an improved version of M2 and is better designed to handle any attempt to tamper with the EVM. Insisting that the EVMs are tamper proof, the EC sources said the machines have gone through rigorous checks and the representatives of various political parties are involved at all the stages when the machines are used.

“The EC is conducting the national polls with the help of around 10 lakh government staff. Lack of training or mishandling of the machine by some persons could be the reason behind these complaints,” the sources said.

EC sources said a technical review committee is looking into these issues and has suggested some changes in the specifications of paper rolls which are of certain thickness and have been designed to carry the imprint for five years, but sometimes face problems in humid conditions. (IANS)

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