As the debate over the authenticity of the electronic voting machines,(EVM) continues, the election commission of India has said that they use the best and most secure machines anywhere in the world.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) says “It completely reaffirms its faith in the infallibility of the EVMs these are fully tramper-proof as ever”. It adds, “Baseless, speculative and wild allegations are being made which deserve to be rejected”.
According to the ECI, till date 107 elections to states and three parliamentary polls have been smoothly conducted using the EVMs. In the 2014 elections to the Parliament, a million units of these special electronic devices that are really foolproof machines were used and all hailed the verdict as being fair.
Not many countries can boast of electronic voting, even the world’s oldest democracy the United States of America still often resorts to paper ballots. Recall the fracas that was created in 2000 when vice-president Al Gore lost his presidential challenge to George W Bush all thanks to what was called the “hanging chads” as the USA had used paper ballots.
The Indian electronic voting machine is a stand-alone battery powered robust white coloured device very similar in performance to a very basic calculator.
The size of the standard keyboard but a little thicker, they come in three variants, the generation 1 machines are all but discarded and today mostly generation 2 and generation 3 machines are being used. The latter two generations employ sophisticated encryption technology to handle the data. According to data from the non-profit National Democratic Institute, Washington DC about a dozen countries have used remote Internet voting for binding political elections or referenda that include Canada, Estonia, France and Switzerland.