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EC decides to use the M3 EVMs in the Lok Sabha Polls in Nizamabad

Published on April 11, 2019
The Election Commission has decided against the using of Ballot papers in the Nizamabad parliamentary constituency of Telangana.
EC decides to use the M3 EVMs in the Lok Sabha Polls in Nizamabad
  • To accommodate a whopping 185 candidates in contention, the Election Commission has decided to use the M3 EVMs in the Lok Sabha Polls.


  • The Election Commission has ordered Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) to supply 26,820 EVMs, 2,240 control units and 2,600 Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trails (VVPAT) of M3 make.
  • In each of the polling station, there will be 12 M3 version EVMs.
  • All the EVMs would be connected to a single control unit and a VVPAT.
  • These EVMS will be arranged in 'L' shape with each machine carrying a maximum of 16 names.
  • The Election Commission also had to tackle with the grappling problem of allocating symbols for the 178 farmers who are contesting as independents, complained that they were yet to be allotted the symbols.

About M3 EVMs:

  • M3 EVMs are the third generation EVMs.
  • The M3 EVMs can keep data of 384 candidates.
  • M3 EVMS also has added features like Tamper Detection and Self Diagnostics.
  • The tamper detection feature makes an EVM inoperative the moment anyone tries to open the machine.
  • The Self diagnostic feature checks the EVM fully every time it is switched on.
  • Any change in its hardware or software will be detected.
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