Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) that have a clock error could be used to register polling. State Election Commission (SEC) has allowed use of such machines with a rider that a panchnama would be made in presence of authorities and contestants registering actual time and the time displayed on the EVM.
Deputy secretary, SEC, Deepak Saxena confirmed to HT that there is no harm in using EVMs with clock error. "There is only a slight mismatch in actual time and the time displayed at EVM; therefore there is no issue in using such machines," said Saxena.
The issue came up when several collectors dismissed EVMs with clock error in large numbers. When the issue came into election commission’s notice they scrutinized the machine and found that error found in the clock ranged up to few minutes only.
A panchnama would be made by the poll authorities in presence of contestants and actual time and the time displayed on the EVM would be written on the panchnama. "Overall, about 10 to 15% of the EVMs show clock error. This is not a big issue. Only 3 machines till now have been found with time difference of more than an hour," said a senior official of the SEC wishing anonymity. EVMs of State Election Commission have been bought separately by the state and are completely different from machines of National Election Commission (NEC). NEC machines do not have the clock, said Saxena.