BEL bags Rs100 cr order to supply electronic voting machines

BEL bags Rs100 cr order to supply electronic voting machines

Bangalore: Bharat Electronics Ltd, the state-run electronics firm has won Rs100 crore order to supply over 100,000 electronic voting machines to India’s election commission ahead of the general elections in 2009.

“It will be delivered in two months," said BEL Chairman and managing director V V R Sastry on Tuesday, after inaugurating a new facility for voting machines and electronic equipment in Bangalore.

India’s chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami said, the commission has placed an additional order of 80,000 machines with Hyderabad-based Electronics Corporation of India Ltd or ECIL. The machines will replace some of the machines purchased in the 1990’s.

The commission will deploy more than a 10.7 million voting machines in 800,000 polling stations in 543 constituencies during in general elections next year. Assembly elections in Orissa, Sikkim and Andhra Pradesh will also be held the same time. India began using electronic voting machines in 15 polling stations in Kerala in the 1982 elections.

BEL reported profit of 826.74 crore on revenue of 4071.22 crore for the year to March. BEL stock closed 4.6% or 40.25 higher at 905 per share on Tuesday on the Bombay Stock Exchange.