For this reason, the election is to be conducted through ballot paper…

In this regard, experts say that if Digvijay Singh is successful in his campaign, then the election commission will have to conduct elections in Rajgarh through ballot paper only. However, according to former Chief election Commissioner OP Rawat, there is no such rule, but Technically, names of up to 384 candidates including NOTA can be registered in EVM. If the name of even one candidate is more than this, elections will have to be conducted through ballot paper.

History of EVM in India

For the first time in india, the election commission had given the task of making EVMs to the government company Electronics Corporation of india (ECIL) in 1977. The prototype of EVM was introduced in 1979 and was shown to all political parties by the election commission on 6 august 1980. For the first time in May 1982, assembly elections in kerala were conducted using EVMs. At that time there was no law to conduct elections using EVMs. Therefore, voting by EVM was challenged in the supreme Court, after which those elections were canceled.

After this, in 1989, the Representatives of the People's Act, of 1951 was amended. The provision of conducting elections through EVMs was added to it. However, even after the law was made, EVMs could not be used for many years. In 1998, elections were conducted experimentally using EVMs in 25 assembly seats of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Delhi. After this, in 1999, votes were cast through EVMs on 45 lok sabha seats.

In february 2000, EVMs were used on 45 seats in haryana elections. In May 2001, for the first time, EVMs were used on all the assembly seats of tamil Nadu, kerala, Puducherry, and West Bengal. In the 2004 lok sabha elections, EVMs were used on all 543 seats. Voting was done by pressing the button in the EVM at the seat. Since then, voting through EVM started in all lok sabha and assembly elections.

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