Election Commission says DU EVMs directly from manufacturer and different from EC EVMs
It stated that the University sourced its own EVMs independently from the manufacturers in 2006, but only after an EC go ahead that came with strict conditions.
Delhi University had sought permission to procure over 300 EVMs for multi post elections to student unions. The ECI gave a go ahead for the same on 18th August, 2006 saying that the EVM for the varsity must be ‘perceptibly distinct’, with a different colour, design, model and sealing process. The connector to ballot unit and control unit also must be such that it cannot connect with any other type of EVM. The same communication also said that ‘no EVMs should be supplied to other organisations without prior permission of the Commission’.
As far as DU is concerned, their EVMs are visibly different from ECI ones as the varsity machines are multi post ones to enable voting for various posts to student unions while ECI EVMs are single post- for voting for only one candidate.
While refraining from commenting on the alleged malfunctions of DU EVMs, the ECI statement adds that other organisation may not be using the ‘important technical and administrative safeguards’ used in ECI EVM management.
The EC has further sought to clarify that there is no question of older EC EVMs being put to use by another agency as discarded EVMs are sent back to the manufacturers for disposal as per a strict protocol
The EC has further said in a statement on Friday that since May 2017, it has directed Bharat Electronics Limited and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL)- the two EVM manufacturers to only supply EVMs to any state election commission or any other organisation after prior approval from the Commission. Even this supply will be made only after the order for ECI is completed.