Amidst all the pandemonium over the Electronic Voting Machines, the Election Commission of India has reassured that compared to the entire world, they have employed the best and most secure machines.
Use of EVMs has been a much-debated issue, especially in recent times. Putting forth a legit statement on the issue, ECI says,
It completely reaffirms its faith in the infallibility of the EVMs these are fully tamper-proof as ever. Baseless, speculative and wild allegations are being made which deserve to be rejected.
As stated by the ECI, EVMs have so far been used in conducting 107 state elections and 3 parliamentary polls in India. One million units of this infallible appliance were used in the Parliamentary elections in 2014, and the verdict was deemed fair by all.
The Electronic Voting Machines used in India are the finest in functionality, battery-powered devices, with performance similar to that of a basic calculator. These machines steer the data by making use of sophisticated encryption technology.
These are the size of a standard keyboard but a little thicker. So far, three variants of these machines have been created, generation 1, 2, and 3. Of these, generation 1 machines have already been done away with, and only the latter two are used now.
Amidst all the confusion bestowed upon the trustworthiness of these machines, some of the major incidences from the past, when paper-ballots led to major trouble and controversy, have also been highlighted. The most prominent of these is the “hanging chad” that happened in the iconic Presidential election of the USA when Vice-president Al Gore lost to George W Bush.