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India's Electronic Voting Machines

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Published on Apr 29, 2014

An estimated 830 million voters in India's national elections are exercising their right to vote in the country. Their vote is being secured through over a million electronic voting machines. Its seen as a way to ensure elections that are fair, efficient, inclusive and environment-friendly.




A delegation from Namibia's Election Commission is visiting Karnataka in the South of the country to learn more about how electronic voting can be an important tool in Namibia's forthcoming general elections.

India's Election Commission and the United Nations Development Programme are facilitating the visit of Namibia and other countries from the South, to learn how India's managing the largest elections the world has ever seen.

In a debriefing session with the delegates, The Director General of Election Commission of India, Mr. Akshay Rout said that, "We all will get chance to be exposed to each others Electoral System in future times. And the thing which had started to day, in fact it had started before because friends from your country have, your colleagues have come and seen our electronic voting machine and you have procured it, so we have a connection there. So we look forward, we see it as a continuing process."

Namibia recently procured Electronic voting machines from an Indian manufacturer Bharat Electronics limited and poised to graduate to an Electronic Ballot system, for there Presidential elections in November.

Namibian Delegate, Marilyn Iren Vekondoroka Katjitundu,Chief Information Officer, Election Commission of Namibia, said in her Interview, " Actually, the thing that strikes me the most is the knowledge that the voters have in terms of the use of electronic voting machine and the pride that they take in voting. It seems like every Indian eligible voter is so proud to go out and cast these votes".

Namibian Delegate, Nicodemus Mingelius, Chief System Administrator says, "The people are trained, they know how to use the electronic voting machine. I personally asked the people that we met that whether they have ever experienced any technical problems, when it comes to the electronic voting machines and with confidence they said no, they haven't seen. They only think maybe that could happen that battery is running low. For me that is amazing, and that gives me more confidence that the electronic voting machines that we have adapted based on the Indian system, is going to work for Namibia."

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