In EVMs, We Trust: Why India Can’t Afford to Doubt its Voting Technology

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In EVMs, We Trust: Why India Can’t Afford to Doubt its Voting Technology

Illustration: Zinal Joshi

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year before Kapil Dev stood up in the balcony of Lords and lifted the World Cup for India, a constituency in Kerala geared up for a new experiment. In 1982, state assembly elections, candidates in Paravoor were apprehensive about the pilot project being undertaken in their constituency. Fifty out of the 123 polling booths would see the use of an Electronic Voting Machine. That was the first time ever EVMs were used in an Indian election.

Sivan Pillai, candidate with the Communist Party of India challenged the experiment even before the polling began. Except… he won when the results came out. It was now the turn of the Congress Party candidate, AC Jose, to cry foul. He approached the Supreme Court on technical grounds, and the SC ordered re-polling with ballot papers, which saw the reversal of the verdict. Jose eventually emerged victorious.

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