Bihar: EVMs are welcome
The Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), used during the first two phases of the Lok Sabha elections, have had their share of hiccups. It is also clear by now that they do not offer a panacea to the malaise of vote-rigging. Yet, on the basis of personal experience, a section of Patnaites is all for it. Smooth and convenient, is their verdict.A sample of the opinion:
A smaller crowd at the polling booth when I went to cast my vote was a testimony to the fact that the days of bungling were over. From the administrative point of view, not more than the required number of persons can cast their votes due to inbuilt measures in the EVMs.
In the manual system, when paper ballots were used, there were chances of bogus voting. I found these machines more precise, methodical and accurate. But as Bihar is still not gadget-savvy, polling staff supposed to handle EVMs had some problems. Repairs took some time angering many voters. As an administrator I can say EVMs are here to stay because they are good!
Bidyanand Singh, Senior legal adviser, Bihar State Pollution Control Board
Longer shelf life
For me, casting a vote had never been so easy! The EVMs do not use papers and have a much longer shelf life. As ballot papers are not involved in voting, chances of bungling are minimal. All it took me to cast my vote was to press the right button and wait for the ‘beep’ sound. Not much time was wasted. A careful glance at the EVM and its control panel left no doubt in my mind that the machine was efficient and accurate.
Shree Shankar Sharan, Convenor, Lokpaksha, Patna
EVM an improvement
As I stood in the queue at the polling booth to cast my vote, I felt EVMs were an improvement on the earlier manual system of balloting. As I understand, with EVMs the problem of rejected votes is gone. Under the manual system, the margin of victory used to be less than the rejected votes.
Now EVMs have completely taken care of that nuisance. Bogus voting is not possible as EVMs are tamper-proof. At the press of a button polling staff would know how many votes have been polled at a booth. I believe that with upgradation of technology, electoral rolls of each polling station would be fed in the EVMs making it more transparent.
RU Singh, Retired IAS Officer, Kidwaipuri, Patna