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Updated: August 23, 2012 16:53 IST

Poll panel working on new design for EVMs

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The present EVM is designed to accommodate a maximum of 64 candidates. File Photo
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The present EVM is designed to accommodate a maximum of 64 candidates. File Photo

The Election Commission is working on a new design for electronic voting machines (EVMs) which will accommodate more than the present maximum limit of 64 candidates.

This information was given in the Lok Sabha by Law and Justice minister Salman Khurshid in response to a question. “The present EVM is so designed that it can be used only in a constituency, where the maximum number of candidates is sixty four,” Mr. Khurshid said in his written reply.

“The Election Commission has intimated that they are working on a new design of EVMs, which will accommodate more than 64 candidates,” he said.

Mr. Khurshid also said that at present ballot boxes were used in elections where the number of candidates was more than 64.

He also informed that maintenance of EVMs was done during first level checking before every election. The cost of testing and checking of one EVM was Rs. 180, he said.

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Why not use Tablets? Helps to scroll easily and will easily accommodate
more than 64 candidates. An App can be created to accept votes and post the
results to servers. Maybe it sounds easier than it really is. But it's
just a suggestion to make use of technology that we have and can take
advantage of.

from:  Sankaran
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 20:15 IST

will election commission add a button for 49(0) voters

from:  ssthanu
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 17:34 IST
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