ECIL bags 1.5 billion order for voting machines

Thursday, 28 August 2003, 07:00 Hrs
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HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad-based state-owned Electronics Corp of India Ltd (ECIL) has bagged an order from the Election Commission to supply 145,000 electronic voting machines.

The company said the machines are to be supplied by the end of the current year, and the total value of the order is worth about 1.5 billion.

With this, the total number of voting machines the ECIL would have supplied to the commission since 1989 would touch 450,000.

The Election Commission has announced that it would use electronic voting machines for next year's Lok Sabha elections as well as in all future assembly elections.

The commission presently has 618,000 voting machines against a requirement of one million. It has ordered 300,000 more, including 145,000 from ECIL, this year while another 100,000 would be procured next year.

The company said India was the only country that has designed and used voting machines in conducting elections and several countries had shown interest in the technology.

"The electronic voting machine concept which evolved at ECIL has been playing an important role in the fair conduct of elections across the country," said a company statement.

"The success of these machines is evident from the large-scale deployment and continuous use of these machines in Lok Sabha elections."

ECIL was established in 1967 and with a turnover of 10 billion is renowned for its technological innovations.

A work force of over 5,000 is instrumental in ECIL products and services catering to the requirements of defence, atomic energy, and telecom industries.

Source: IANS
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