It is a simple electronic device used to record votes in place of ballot papers and boxes which were used earlier in conventional voting system.
(i) It eliminates the possibility of invalid and doubtful votes which, in many cases, are the root causes of controversies and election petitions.
(ii) It makes the process of counting of votes much faster than the conventional system.
(iii) It reduces to a great extent the quantity of paper used thus saving a large number of trees making the process eco-friendly. (iv) It reduces cost of printing almost nil as only one sheet of ballot paper required for each Polling Station.
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Image: Technicians check electronic voting machines ahead of Lok Sabha elections in Ahmedabad on March 7, 2009.