Mangan, 21 Nov [IPR]:First Level Checking [FLC] ofElectronic Voting Machines [EVMs] and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails[VVPATs] in North district concluded today at ZillaBhawan in Mangan, North Sikkim. The FLC of the EVMs and VVPATs was done under the supervision of District Collector, North, Karma R Bonpo, who is also the District Election Officer, in the presence of representatives of various political parties.
A total of 159 EVMs and 156 VVPATs were checked by the engineers from Bharat Electronics Limited [BEL] wherein one Ballot Units, three Control Units and eight VVPATs were founddefective. The defective EVMs and VVPATS will be sent to the company in Bangalore for repairs.
The team of District Election Officer led by Sub Divisional Magistrate,Mangan, PW Lepcha, conducted mock poll in 5% of the machines in the presence of political parties. The representatives of the political parties expressed satisfaction over the mock poll.
The FLC certified EVMs and VVPATs are stored in the strong room and will be under round-the-clock supervision of Police Department.