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Tag: Evm

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LS polls: 3rd phase sees largest deployment of EVMs

New Delhi: The third phase of ongoing Lok Sabha elections saw the largest-ever deployment of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines across 2.11 lakh polling stations spread over 13 states and 2 Union Territories, the Election Commission (EC) said on Tuesday. Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain said that ever since their […]

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Op-Ed: Back to square one after 19 years!

Violence has been an inseparable part of elections in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal since as long as one can remember. Killings, rigging and booth capturing marked elections in many parts of the country in the pre-EVM era. Odisha, in contrast, was an island of peace in those days. Maoist violence was […]

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Beyond call of duty: Odisha polling officials walk 15 kms to protect EVMs from Maoists

Phulbani/Patnagarh: In a bid to protect the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and VVPAT machines, a polling party walked for 15 kilometres in a dense forest to reach Balandapada Police outpost in Naxal-infested Kandhamal district today. Their journey began from Barala, where Maoists had gunned down polling official Sanjukta Digal day before yesterday. As trees had […]

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Glitches in EVMs delay polling in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Voting in some polling booths in Odisha got delayed following technical glitches in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) on Thursday. The second phase of polling is being held for five Lok Sabha and 35 Assembly seats in the state. In Sundergarh, technical glitches were reported in the EVMs in several booths in Talsara Assembly constituency […]

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Elections 2019 1st Phase: 15 incidents of EVMs damaging reported

New Delhi: While the first phase polling for the 17th Lok Sabha went peacefully “barring few stray incidents”, the Election Commission on Thursday said that they have received 15 cases of damage to electronic voting machines (EVMs). Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain said that out of the 15 incidents reported during the first phase that […]

Bengal-voters
Nearly 81% polling in Bengal till 5 p.m.

Cooch Behar/Alipurduar (West Bengal): The endangered Toto tribals, tea garden workers and erstwhile enclave dwellers turned up in large numbers to take part in the world’s biggest festival of democracy, as voting continued beyond the 6 p.m. deadline in two northern West Bengal Lok Sabha constituencies on Thursday amid reports of sporadic violence, EVM glitches […]

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67 per cent votes polled in Meghalaya

Shillong: Over 67 per cent of the 19.14 lakh voters of Meghalaya exercised their franchise in the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday amid reports of malfunctioning of voting machines from some booths, state Chief Electoral Officer Fredrick Roy Kharkongor said. Meghalaya has two Lok Sabha constituencies – Shillong and Tura – and polling was peaceful […]

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74 per cent voter turnout in Sikkim

Gangtok: An estimated 74 per cent of the voters in Sikkim have exercised their franchise on Thursday to elect members of the state Legislative Assembly as well as the lone Lok Sabha MP from the state, an official said. A total of 4,32,306 voters comprising 2,20,305 males and 2,12,001 females were eligible to exercise their […]

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Maharashtra averages 56% voting in 7 LS seats

Nagpur: Maharashtra recorded a provisional average voting of around 56 percent in the seven Lok Sabha constituencies that voted on Thursday in the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls, an official said. Surprisingly, the highest voter turnout – 62 per cent – was notched in the Maoist-affected Gadchiroli-Chimur and the lowest – 52 per […]

Arunanchal-voters
66 per cent voter turnout in Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar: An estimated 66 per cent of the voters in Arunachal Pradesh exercised their franchise on Thursday to elect members of the state Assembly and the two Lok Sabha MPs, an election official said. Arunachal Pradesh has a total of 7,94,162 voters, including 4,01,601 women. Elections to the state Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats […]

Tripura-voters
Over 81% polling recorded in Tripura in the first phase

Agartala: Over 81 per cent of the total of 13,47,381 electorates voted on Thursday for the first phase of balloting in Tripura West parliamentary seat, officials said. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti said after receiving the final reports from all the district magistrates (district electoral officers) that the polling percentage might increase. “After examining […]

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56% voter turnout in Chhattisgarh's Bastar LS seat

New Delhi: About 56 per cent turnout was recorded in Chhatisgarh’s Bastar Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday with the Shamgiri polling booth, where the Maoist attack two days ago left a BJP MLA dead, reporting 77 per cent polling, the Election Commission said. In 2014, the turnout had been 59 per cent. Barring a few […]

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58% polling in Uttarakhand's 5 LS seats

Dehradun: At least 58 per cent of Uttarakhand’s 78.56 lakh voters cast their votes to seal the fate of 52 candidates in the fray for the hill state’s five Lok Sabha constituencies where the battle was mainly between archrivals BJP and Congress. Medium to brisk polling was recorded in most polling booths in all five […]

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63% polling in 8 UP Lok Sabha seats

Lucknow: Eight Lok Sabha constituencies in western Uttar Pradesh recorded an average voter turnout of 63 per cent till 6.p.m, according to the chief electoral officer. The percentage turnout is expected to increase further since voters were still in queue when the figures last came in. According to chief electoral officer Venkateshwar Lu, the highest […]

Bihar-polling
53% turnout in Ist phase of vote in Bihar

Patna: Despite several villages boycotting polls in the four Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar on development issues, around 53 per cent voting was recorded amid few incidents of clashes and malfunctioning of EVMs on Thursday. Of the 70 lakh people, around 53 per cent voted by the end of the day in the Maoist-affected districts […]

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Chandrababu Naidu demands repoll in 150 booths

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday demanded repoll in around 150 polling stations due to the non-functioning of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). In a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Naidu identified more than 150 polling booths in Andhra Pradesh and said, “I demand […]

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Jana Sena candidate arrested for damaging EVM

Amaravati: A Jana Sena Party candidate in Andhra Pradesh was arrested after he damaged an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) on Thursday as polling for the 25 Lok Sabha seats and 175-member Assembly was underway in the state. Madhusudan Gupta threw the EVM on the floor at a polling station in the Guntakal Assembly constituency of Anantapur […]

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VVPAT: SC orders 5 checks in every Assembly segment

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday increased voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) from one EVM per Assembly segment to five randomly selected Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The court said this was being done to ensure the greatest degree of accuracy and satisfaction in the election process. The court’s direction came on a plea by […]

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All you need to know about EVMs

New Delhi: With less than a week to go for the Lok Sabha elections, IANS has compiled some interesting facts about Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). * An EVM consists of a control unit and a balloting unit connected together by a cable. The control unit belongs to a polling officer while the balloting unit is […]

SC seeks EC's response over opposition plea on EVMs

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought the Election Commission’s (EC) response on a plea by the 21 opposition parties seeking the audit of at least 50 per cent of EVMs with corresponding Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs). Issuing the notice to the EC, the bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak […]

EVM's untrustworthy, need to be replaced with ballot papers: AAP

Lucknow: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday demanded that in view of the latest charges against the electronic voting machines (EVMs) by a hacker in London, the old, tried and tested ballot papers should be used again in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The party has also exhorted all opposition parties to boycott the […]

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'First Level Checking' of EVMs and VVPAT to commence today

Bhubaneswar: The ‘First Level Checking’ of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) will commence today. The inspection will be held during a meeting of district collectors chaired by Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar during which two officials from Election Commission of India (ECI) will impart training on the use […]

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Poll preparation: EVMs for 13 districts reach Odisha

Jharsuguda: Over 30,000 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for 13 districts of the State reached here on Monday. Official sources said the EVMs were brought in as many as 70 railway containers from Uttar Pradesh and have been kept in Jharsuguda Container Corporation yard. The EVMs will be sent to various storehouses in Jharsuguda, Cuttack, Bargarh, […]

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Speculations rife on early polls following training of officials

Bhubaneswar: With the Election Commission starting trainings on poll management for government officials in the state, talks of early polls are doing rounds in political circles. Senior government officials including Block Development Officers (BDOs), Sub Collectors and Tehsildars today appeared a test on poll preparations as part of the training exercise at the office of […]

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EC rules out bringing back ballot papers for elections

Kolkata: Ruling out any possibility of bringing back ballot papers for elections, Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat on Saturday said the EVMs were being made a ‘scapegoat’ as the machines cannot speak and political parties needed to blame someone or something for their defeat. “There is absolutely nothing about the integrity of the system… However, […]

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