A plea in the Supreme Court has sought
directions to the Election Commission to ensure safety and security of EVMs
after 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
The petitioners have raised concern that a long
gap between the polling and counting dates of the polls, make the EVMs
susceptible to tampering during post-poll seclusion.
EVM or Electronic Voting Machines are used to
cast vote without revealing voter’s identity. It is attached by a cable to an
electronic ballot box. It comprises of two units – control unit and balloting
unit. The control unit is with the Election Commission selected polling officer
while the Balloting Unit is in the voting section into which the voter enters
to cast their vote.
There are only two Indian PSUs that manufacture
EVM Machines-Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of
Indian Limited (ECIL).