Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) empowers the world’s largest democracy, India, by providing the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) for various kinds of election. It has got two units, Control Unit(CU) and Ballot Unit(BU). Recently, the Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora inaugurated a newly set up secured manufacturing facility for EVM production at BEL’s Military communication Strategic Business Unit at its Bangalore Complex. On this occasion, Braille EPI-Cards were also distributed for the first time in Karnataka to four visually impaired voters.
BEL has established state-of-the-art secure manufacturing facilities for manufacture of digital certified EVM/VVPATs as per the advise of Technical Experts Committee of Election Commission of India. The Commissioner also visited BEL factory complex where he was shown the different stages of manufacturing process of EVMs and VVPATs.
BEL’s Control Unit takes care of total control of polling, conduction of polling, display of total votes polled and declaration of results. It provides all the information at the press of few buttons. And the Ballot Unit, a simple voting device, displays a list of candidates. A facility to introduce Names and symbol is inbuilt. The voter has to press the desired switch located near to the name of each candidate.
Some of the features:
*Caters up to a maximum of 384 candidates using up to 24 Ballot Units
*Power ON diagnostics to prevent the use of defective unit in the field
*Digital Certificates for identification of a genuine unit
*Mutual authentication between various EVM units during Power ON
*Provide Tamper detection
*Inoperative on opening of covers
*Code Verification by Stake Holders
*Result Display only on connection of a genuine unit like PADU or BU
*Provide interface for VVPAT, Totalizer, Printer, Voter verification unit
*Continuous Display of battery Status
*Alpha Numeric Display
*Real time Clock ,Time Stamping, Event logging, Print facility
* And finally, No invalid votes, Instantaneous Results