EVM's challenged in court

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    Guys attention! Swamy has got good news for us

    EVM: ECI arguments smashed. Final hearing on 10/1 whether ballot paper or EVM with voter slip.
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    Field trial of VVPT tomorrow, IBN Live News
     
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    Supreme Court to examine plea on electronic voting machines on priority - The Economic Times
    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today agreed to take up for hearing on priority basis Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy's plea to incorporate paper printouts in electronic voting machines or restore paper balloting system allegedly because EVMs "are not tamper proof."

    "We will hear the matter on a priority basis so that it is concluded by the next parliamentary elections. That is the reason we are giving the priority," said a bench of justices P Sathasivam and Ranjan Gogoi.

    The bench adjourned the matter for further hearing on September 27 after hearing Swamy's submission for over an hour and asked the Election Commission to be prepared with its submission.

    Arguing in person, Swamy made a fervent plea for reverting to the old paper-ballot system saying all advance countries in the world, including the USA and Japan have discarded EVMs and gone back to the paper-ballot system.

    The Janata Party leader said even Japan which had been a pioneer in the launch of the EVMs was today relying on the paper-ballot system only.

    He said it was only private companies across the world which are manufacturing these EVMs, which are vulnerable to hacking.

    India, he said, does not indigenously manufacture EVMs and was solely dependant on importing of the machines and the microchips used in them.

    Swamy claimed it is difficult and un-reliable to re-count votes using EVMs and cited the re-counting of votes in the Sivaganga parliamentary constituency, represented by Finance Minister P Chidamabaram, which he had won allegedly under controversial circumstances.

    The Janata Party leader also told the bench that several modern software experts, including Hari Prasad from Hyderabad, had demonstrated that EVMs can be hacked and manipulated.

    The apex court on May 7 had sought the stands of the Centre and the Election Commission of India on Swamy's plea challenging the Delhi High Court's order dismissing his plea on the issue earlier on January 17.

    The high court had said, "It is difficult for this court to direct the Election Commission to have a paper trail of elections conducted through EVMs."

    It, however, had suggested that the Commission could hold wider consultations with the executive, the political parties and other stake holders on the matter.

    The high court had disposed of the plea saying Swamy has himself not alleged any misuse or tampering of current system but maintained that the possibility of such an incident cannot be ruled out.

    Swamy had sought directions to the Election Commission that paper trail be incorporated to record the votes cast through EVMs or old system of paper ballots be brought back. He had claimed that EVMs were not tamper proof and lacked transparency.

    The EC had opposed the plea, saying returning to the paper ballots would not be feasible as it would require immense expenditure as there were over 73 crore eligible voters in the country.
     
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    You mean October 1st ?
     
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    Subramanian Swamy [email protected]

    EVM; EC told SC that they will have receipts. Court directed: Use new EVMs on pilot basis in coming State elections. Next Hearing April 9.
     
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    EC ready with new-age electronic voting machines with printing unit - The Times of India on Mobile

    NEW DELHI: A revised version of the electronic voting machine (EVM), complete with a printing unit to generate a voter verifiable paper trail, is set to be cleared by the Election Commission early next week.

    The expert technical committee, which examined the viable EVM prototypes that enable a paper trail of each ballot cast, has completed the trials and zeroed in on the final model that will cost an additional Rs 8,000-9,000 per machine.

    Sources in the EC told TOI that around 6 lakh EVMs, all procured in or after 2006, will be fitted with a printer that will have a drop box to store the paper trail of the votes cast. This is expected to alleviate concerns — expressed earlier by the opposition led by BJP — over possible tampering of EVMs to favour a certain candidate.

    The cost of updating the existing 6 lakh printer-compatible EVMs is estimated at around Rs 540 crore. Incidentally, over 10 lakh EVMs need to be deployed in a Lok Sabha election. According to EC sources, the new-age EVMs will be introduced in a coming assembly bye-election and, depending on the results, its use may be widened to a Lok Sabha by-poll, in case a vacancy arises.

    However, holding the 2014 general election fully with the new EVM prototype is ruled out, as the gigantic democratic exercise is barely 14 months away and the logistics of arranging over 10 lakh new-age EVMs is virtually impossible.

    In any case, the EC is contemplating going in for a completely new set of EVMs with built-in hardware to enable a paper trail. Sources in Nirvachan Sadan hinted that a Venezuelan prototype, which has the facility to record a paper trail, is being studied as a model for the next-generation EVM.

    For now, the existing 6 lakh compatible EVMs will be fitted with a printing unit that generates a paper trail of each ballot. This paper trail can be seen by the voter soon after he casts his vote, after which it will automatically sever from the printing roll and drop into a box.

    The EC had some concerns over the size of the slot in which the paper trail was to drop, with officials pointing out that it was big enough for a voter to manage a look at details of the last vote cast. The slot is now being made smaller.

    Incidentally, the commission was keen to hold the by-election to Mizoram's Chalfilh assembly constituency — which has just 16,000 electors and 29 polling stations and is due to go to polls on February 23 — with the paper trail-enabled EVMs. However, as the production of the EVM prototype with a smaller slot for the drop box is expected to take some time, the launch may have to wait for another by-poll.
     

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