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EC offers expertise to Egypt on EVMs

J. Balaji

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission of India (EC) has offered, if necessary, its technological support to the Egyptian election authorities for developing their own Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi, who led a team of EC officials and a technical expert from the Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), manufacturers of EVMs in India, to Cairo recently, briefed the Egyptian authorities about the functioning of EVMs. Demonstrations were also held.

Mr. Quraishi offered to make available some EVMs for use on a pilot basis. The EC delegation left behind two sets of EVMs with the Indian embassy for possible trials by the Egyptian government. He agreed to send some sample bottles of indelible ink for use by the Egyptians as they desired to try it out.

The team provided to the Egyptian side an insight into the Indian electoral process, the best electoral practices and the salient aspects of the EC's election management to ensure free, fair and credible elections.

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