08-05-2010-evm security

08-05-2010, CPIO, Election Commission of India19-05-2010, from  Election Commission of India
Date: -08-05-2010
The Central Public Information Officer,
Election Commission of India,
Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road,
New Delhi- 110001

Sub: Request for information under Sec. 6 of the Right to Information Act, 2005.

Dear Sir,

Kindly refer to your letter no. RTI/2010-EMS/641 dated 1 May 2010 which said "By attaching a device called the 'decoder' to the EVM a statement of voting data showing the order in which the voters voted and to whom they voted may be printed." With regard to this please inform me the following

1. Would it be accurate to conclude from the response, that the Electronic Voting Machines provides less protection to the anonymity of the voter than the system with paper ballots we used earlier?

2. If the answer to 1 is yes, did the Election Commission, or any of the committees or experts appointed by it, examine any alternatives to the EVM, that do not sacrifice voter anonymity in this way? If yes, copies of any reports or findings may please be furnished to me.

Pleas find enclosed an Indian Postal Order No. 84E 146675 dated 4-11-2010 of Rs. 10 in favor of Accounts Officer, Election commission of India, PO- Narvachan Sadan, New Delhi towards the Right to Information Application Fees.
Also find enclosed a copy of your letter as mentioned above for your ready reference.

Yours Faithfully

Prof. Arun Mehta
 No. RTI/2010-EMS/832                  Dated: 19 May 2010

Please refer to your letter, dated 08-05-2010, received in the Commission on 12-05-2010, and to furnish the information as under:

Item No.1: The information sought therein is not covered under the definition of 'information' under Section 2(f) of the Right to Information Act 2005.

Item No. 2: Does not arise.

In case,you are not satisfied with the information supplied,you may make an appeal within 30-days of the date of this letter before the First Appellate Authority. Particulars of the First Appellate Authority is as under:

Shri K.F. Wilfred,
First Appellate Authority under Right to Information Act, 2005 and Secretary, Election Commission of India,
Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi- 110001.