Randomization of EVMs and VVPATs in South

Namchi, 18 Mar (IPR):

The first randomisation of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) was held at warehouse of DAC in the presence of DC cum RO South, Ragul K representatives of political parties along with the elections officials today.

The entire process of randomisation was done through Election Management Software (EMS) as per the directions of the Election Commission of India. In this session, the RO informed the attendees about the procedure of randomisation of the EVMs and VVPATs thoroughly and updated that the EVMs and VVPATs will be allocated for each Assembly constituency, Assembly segment of Parliamentary constituency including Sangha and for reserve EVMs as well.

After the randomisation, the EVMs and VVPATs were shifted to the newly constructed strong room at Government Senior Secondary School Namchi and these have been kept separately for Assembly Constituency and Assembly segment wise. It may also be mentioned here that 9 strong rooms have been made for Assembly constituencies including Sangha and 8 strong rooms have been prepared for 8 Assembly segments of Parliamentary constituency.

In addition, 24X7 adequate security measures has been made for the Strong Room where the machines are kept and is guarded by armed forces and fire emergency vehicles is also stationed at the Strong Room premises to avoid any untoward incidents. Further, CCTV cameras have been installed at different locations to monitor the movements.

In the south district, a total number 518 of EVMs and VVPATs are allocated to eight assembly Constituencies including Sangha and for Parliamentary constituency. In addition, RO informed the second and final round of randomisation will be held on the day of preparing EVMs for poll purpose.