The Election Commission to use M 3 type of EVMs instead of M 2 type.
The Election Commission (EC) would use, M-3, the latest version of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in the upcoming Pithoragarh By polls. Incidentally these latest machines would be used for the first time in Uttarakhand.
In the Lok Sabha elections, M-2 type of EVM was used in Uttarakhand while the M- 3 machines were used in other parts of the country.
The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Uttarakhand Sowjanya told The Pioneer that the M-3 machines would be used in all the 145 polling stations of Pithoragarh assembly by elections. Apart from them 10 percent of the total machines used in the elections would be kept in reserve. She added that in all the polling stations voting machines with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) would be used.
The new M-3 type of the EVM is said to be a sturdier model. It is designed in such a way that it would stop functioning if anyone tried to tinker with it. This advanced machine also has a capacity of self diagnosis as it will automatically detect any fault with the software and system and display it. Another feature of the machine is that it can cater much more number of candidates then M 2 type which can accommodate 64 candidates only.
Pithoragarh By election
The by election in Pithoragarh were necessitated by the death of former Finance Minister Prakash Pant who represented the constituency. In an attempt to garner sympathy votes, ruling BJP has fielded Chandra Pant, the widow of Prakash Pant while Congress has given its ticket to former Block Pramukh, Anju Lunthi. Bhairav Dutt Bhatt of Samajwadi Party is also in the fray.
In the by election, an electorate of 105708 voters would exercise their franchise out of whom 52871 are males while 52837 are females. The EC has set up 145 polling stations in the constituency for the polls.
Saturday, 09 November 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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