Unlike voting machines in some countries which are connected to a network, Indian EVMs are standalone. Tampering an EVM through the hardware port or through a Wi-Fi connection is not possible as there is no frequency receiver or wireless decoder in the EVM machine. This would mean that the institutional safeguards to protect the EVM are breached to fit a device within the EVM and to manipulate it from outside. In M3 machines, this is also technologically ruled out, as they shut down in the event of tampering. Next generation voting machines will cover all the loopholes that have been unveiled and it is a boon to the voters of this democratic country. The election commission has taken the initiative to avoid all the controversies. India does not use EVMs produced abroad and use indigenously made one. The new generation voting machine will be better and safer.
Nikhil Akhilesh Krishnan
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