Still Have Touchscreens And Machines


Jayalalithaa and Amarinder Singh kept complaining. I now believe. But for that too, we have so many safeguards.There was a remarkably warm reception for the machines.

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Jayalalithaa and Amarinder Singh kept complaining. I now believe. But for that too, we have so many safeguards.There was a remarkably warm reception for the machines. In fact, American parliamentarians came and had a look at our machines and they were quite satisfied. But with a CCTV the secrecy of the ballot is lost. It was found that the machine was not at fault. The EVM had come to stay. The Election Commission has brought out a nice booklet on the EVM and how we developed it. The Pakistan Prime Minister whom I met at that time when I went to Pakistan, said, “Please see if it can be introduced in Pakistan. Amarinder went on to say, “Excellent. The machines don’t lie. Initially, they were sovereign powers and then they came together. Then it was referred to a committee of engineers in DRDO. The names of the candidates are stuck on the basis of alphabetical order. Every state has a different system as America is a confederation. What are the safeguards in those machines, we asked. But some states still have touchscreens and machines. I agree there must have been some apprehension.

There are so many safeguards in the machine. The machines are absolutely trustworthy. They have introduced VVPAT and still some parties will have complaints. It started during Seshan’s period. Machines are reliable. Imran Khan was also there in a meeting when they had a workshop on conducting elections. The EVM and the VVPAT are in focus as elections loom and pet theories about the Knitting Machine Suppliers machines keep surfacing.01% of the machines, according to the voters, did not work. It is not an electronic instrument, it is just an instrument doing calculations. And they produced a report saying they were absolutely trustworthy. A few months in advance we had informed them on the likely number of machines we would need — a stock of 10 lakh machines. He was an economist at that time, not a politician. One of the safeguards is that in each booth, before starting the elections, the machine is tested in the presence of the party agents. I noted it down and said I would call back in 10 minutes. The biggest advantage of the machine is that you save a lot of paper. The machine was not immediately introduced because there is always apprehension associated with it. The results were excellent.I was the CEC when I got a call from a politician, saying the machine was giving wrong results. I was among the very few at that time to boldly say that the machines are not to be questioned.The principal safety is the EVM cannot be hacked. The EVM is environment friendly, quick casting of votes and there are no invalid votes.