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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2709

New EVMs for by-elections; CEO assures election free, fair

By Gopal Ethiraj

Chennai, 24 July, (Asiantribune.com): Assembly by-elections would be free and fair, Chief Electoral Officer Naresh Gupta said here on Thursday, inviting the political parties to physically come and participate.

The Election Commission would take all steps through the State electoral machinery, utilizing its full capacity, to make the election free, fair and peaceful, he said, adding it is a proven fact that the EVMs are tamper-proof.

This time new electronic voting machines would be used in the by-elections, he said. Some of these were used in the recent Lok Sabha elections on trial basis. He said the additional feature of these new EVMs is that they would enable authorities to ascertain the time of casting each vote. The machines are manufactured by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bangalore. Those that were used in the general elections were by ECI, Hyderabad.

Other features of the new machine is it would be adopted to monitor the polling: after 3 p.m. on polling day, the authorities could obtain data every half an hour; after 4 p.m., data would be available every 15 minutes.

Answering questions on the decision of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and other parties to boycott the by-elections, Mr. Gupta said that all parties should physically participate in the polls.

On holding an all-party meeting to seek the participation of all political parties, Mr. Gupta said the returning officers of the constituencies could do that. On inauguration of schemes by the government, Mr. Gupta said that till the polling process was over, new schemes would not be made applicable to six districts covering the five constituencies.

- Asian Tribune -

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