An electronic voting machine (EVM) that lets a person vote from the nearest polling booth anywhere in the country for a candidate in his constituency is what the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing is working on at present.
The outgoing director general Rajat Moona said, “We have submitted a proposal to the ministry. No work has been done as yet, and no talks have been held with Election Commission either.” Moona, on how the machine may work, said, “We are still researching. Probably, if a voter goes to the nearest polling station, he can tell the presiding officer his state, district and constituency he wants to cast his vote in. The presiding officer will key in the information into the EVMs which may show the list of candidates and party symbols in the constituency registered in the voter’s name and he can cast his vote.” On allegations of EVM tampering, Moona said, “The machine has no antenna to receive or transmit messages. Every machine goes through three mock tests and is kept in high security vaults.”
He said voter-verified paper audit trail is being used in 70-80,000 machines at present. “When a person casts his vote, a slip shows the name and the symbol of the candidate he has voted for. This slip is inside a glass container and goes into the system. A recount can be sought,” he added.
Moona, a member of ECI-endorsed technical expert committee, will take over as director of IIT Bhilai on March 20. “Six institutes will get supercomputers by the year-end. Four, including IISER Pune, will have 500 tera flops compute power while two will have 1petaflop,” he added.