In the meeting, officials of Chief Electoral Office (CEO) informed that the Election Commission of India (ECI) has allocated nearly two lakh electronic voting machines (EVMs) for polls in the state.Gearing up for the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh due early in 2017, the Election Commission on Wednesday held meeting with District Election Officers (DEOs) in Lucknow and directed them to start vulnerability mapping of polling booths. Sector magistrates and zonal magistrates will be appointed soon for carrying out vulnerability mapping, which will begin from September onwards.
In the meeting, officials of Chief Electoral Office (CEO) informed that the Election Commission of India (ECI) has allocated nearly two lakh electronic voting machines (EVMs) for polls in the state. The EVMs will be brought from Assam, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, where polls were held in April-May this year. The DEOs have been directed to coordinate with these states and get the EVMs in their respective districts by July 30. The first level checking of the EVMs is proposed to start from August 1.It was also discussed in the meeting that voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) will be used with EVMs in at least one Assembly constituency in each of the 75 districts. Priority will be given to that assembly constituency in which district headquarters fall. “Due to shortage, VVPAT is not being used in all segments.
Manufacturing of VVPAT is still in process,” said Arun Singhal, chief electoral officer of UP. At present, there are around 1.40 lakh polling booths in the state and officials said, the number could increase in process of rationalisation, the CEO said.
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