After Arvind Kejriwal, Ajay Maken slam EVMs, C-DAC says new machines likely in 2019 general elections

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Pune | Published: March 15, 2017 2:18:12 AM

The Electronic Voting Machines of the future could get smarter. The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) has made a proposal to the ministry about this.

Expressing faith in the technology, Moona said that EVMs cannot be tampered with and the doubts expressed by political parties were unfounded. (PTI)

The Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) of the future could get smarter. The EVMs of the future could offer you option of voting from anywhere and anytime not force you to go searching for your booth to cast your vote. The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) has made a proposal to the ministry about this and is working on this concept, said Rajat Moona, C-DAC director general. Moona, who is on the technical committee on EVM, said anybody who loses polls starts blaming the EVM. “It is not possible for the machine to decide who is the winning candidate nor is it possible to communicate with the EVM as it does not have any antenna,” he said.

None of those who are complaining about the EVM has asked for a recount and even if they ask for a recounting, there will be zero mistake, Moona said.

Expressing faith in the technology, Moona said that EVMs cannot be tampered with and the doubts expressed by political parties were unfounded. To allay the fears of the people – whether the button they pressed is rightly assigned to the candidate – Moona said these machines are checked, mock poll done and cleared as well as signed by the representatives of political parties as no discrepancy was ever found. So, there is no chance of any kind of tampering after that, he said.

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Also, for the first time, the election commission has used a technology developed by C-DAC called Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail that was used in a few areas during the 2014 LS elections, he said.

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