Chief Election Officer Praveen Gupta has informed that M3 Electronic Voting Machines will be used during voting in the upcoming assembly bye-elections in the Udaipur divisions Vallabhnagar and Dhariyawad assembly seats later this month. The M3 EVM model is technically superior to the M1 and M2.
Praveen Gupta added that the Election Commission is dedicated to ensuring fair and fool proof voting and vote counting, which makes it important that there is compromise on the safety and security features of the machines OR the process. He informed that the M3 machines were first used in the 2014 general elections and subsequently are being used across other elections in a phased manner.
About the M-3 EVM
The Chief Election Office informed that the M3 machines are stand alone and one-time programmable. No chip or radio frequency can be used to tamper with this machine. Dynamic coding in the machine ensures the safety and encryption of the choice, date and time. This machine is also equipped with UADM (Unauthorised Access Detection Module), which is a self diagnosis module. Data of upto 384 candidates can be analysed using this machine.