Checking of EVMs & VVPATs commences for South district from Namchi

Namchi, 29 Oct [IPR]:First Level Checking [FLC] of 431 Electronic Voting Machines [EVMs] and 412 Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail [VVPATs] of South district commenced today at District Administrative Centre in Namchi.

Present during the checking were District Collector [South], Prabhakar Verma, Additional District Collector [South] cum FLC Supervisor, Satyen Pradhan, Sub Divisional Magistrate [Headquarter], Hemant Rai, SDM [Namchi], Choden Gyatso, Under Secretary [Election], Tripti Hangma Subba, Joint Director [Land Revenue &Disaster Management], DKRai, concerned officials and representatives from various political parties, engineers from Bharat Electronics Limited [BEL] and staff from Election Department, South Sikkim.

Speaking during the FLC, DC South, Mr Verma, briefed on the importance of the programme and mentioned that the warehouses and FLC Hall will be under strict 24x7 security of 2nd Indian Reserve Battalion [IRB].

In addition, the representatives of various political parties witnessed the FLC procedures and it was also informed that they will be participating in the mock poll that will be conducted through random selection of EVMs by the representatives of political parties themselves.

It may be mentioned here, the FLC exercise is being undertaken under technical expertise of four BEL engineers and the exercise is expected to finish in next 08-10 days.