India-made EVMs to be used in Namibia’s Presidential polls

May 2, 2014 12:12 IST

Namibian government on 30 April 2014 purchased 3400 India-made Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for use in the countries Presidential Election, scheduled in November 2014. With this Namibia became the first African country that will use such machines in any of its Polls.

The 3400 EVMs were purchased by Namibia at a cost of Namibian 10 million dollar (Dh3.4 million/approx $948,000) from a public sector unit, Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL) based in Bangaluru.

Before ordering the India-made EVMs, the seven-member delegation from the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) visited polling stations in Karnataka including Bengaluru, when the Lok Sabha polls were held on April 17 and were impressed by the system

Reason for which officials of the Namibia’s Electoral Commission are keen on purchasing the India-made EVMs
• Faster results
• Reduction in the number of spoilt ballots
• Low expenses in conducting the polls
• Elimination of potential avenues of manipulation avenues
• Features like the None of the Above (NOTA) button in order to vote against all the contesting candidates in a constituency
• In-built clocks and Braille markings for the visually impaired
• As it eliminates the possibility of vote tempering by displaying the time when the vote was cast along with recording the ballot
• It also gives hourly polling updates

The India-made EVMs has already been used by other Asian countries to conduct smooth and fair polls, like 3000 such machines in Bhutan.

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