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Whether the EVMs in India, in its present form, are reliable and meet the legal requirements ?

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Whether the EVMs in India, in its present form, are reliable and meet the legal requirements ?

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"Voter has no way of knowing that their vote has been registered and whether it has been registered as they wish"

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"Whether equipment can provide voter-verifiable audit trail"

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By :: AJAY JAGGA, Advocate

Punjab & Haryana High Court, Chandigarh

Email:: apjagga@yahoo.com

The Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) were first adopted by India in 2004 elections to the Parliament with about 375 million electors had cast their ballots using electronic voting machines. In India the EVMs are designed & developed by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) (both Government owned). Both these systems are similar. These systems are developed according to the specifications of Election Commission of India.

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Every one has been guaranteed the following constitutional rights

the right to a cast a vote;

the right to an equally weighted vote; and

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