India EVMs to be used for urban local bodies polls in state

09:40  18 april  2017
09:40  18 april  2017 Source:   Pioneer

MCD polls: EVMs dominate talks during AAP huddle at Arvind Kejriwal house

  MCD polls: EVMs dominate talks during AAP huddle at Arvind Kejriwal house Around 155 AAP members oversaw the polling process on Sunday and got back to Kejriwal Monday with feedback from the ground. “Though our observers and volunteers on the ground have been saying that there has been overwhelming support from the voters, nothing can be predicted with the way things are going. The tampering of EVMs has been rampant even now and if the exit polls are to be believed, there is no way to explain such a landslide victory for BJP,” said a party functionary.

SEC had urged the EC to provide latest EVMs which are in good working condition otherwise the SEC would hold the elections by using the ballot papers. The poll process for the urban local bodies across the state will have to be completed by the second week of July.

Later, we were told by the Chief Electoral Officer of that state that the EVMs were sent to Maharashtra as per orders of the EC," Agarwal said. "Then we came to know that the EVMs supposed to be used for the urban local bodies polls were pre-2006 models.

  EVMs to be used for urban local bodies polls in state © Bikas Das/ Associated Press

Lucknow, April 18 -- Electronic voting machines will be used in the election of the urban local bodies in UP. The State Election Commission had requested the Election Commission to provide the required number of EVMs for conducting the elections of the Nagar nigam, nagar palika parishad and nagar panchyats.

UP has 14 nagar nigam and over 900 other urban local bodies.

The State Election Commissioner SK Agarwal said here on Monday that the EC has informed that the EVMs sufficient for the requirement of UP elections are available with the Chief electoral officer of Madhya Pradesh. EC has asked the State election commission to obtain the machines from MP. State Election commission had requested the EC for providing 25,000 control unit and 50,000 ballot units and same quantity of EVMs. The State Election Commissioner SK Agarwal said that the Commission has initiated the process of transporting the EVMs from Madhya Pradesh which will be sent to different locations in UP.

MCD polls: EVMs dominate talks during AAP huddle at Arvind Kejriwal house

  MCD polls: EVMs dominate talks during AAP huddle at Arvind Kejriwal house Around 155 AAP members oversaw the polling process on Sunday and got back to Kejriwal Monday with feedback from the ground. “Though our observers and volunteers on the ground have been saying that there has been overwhelming support from the voters, nothing can be predicted with the way things are going. The tampering of EVMs has been rampant even now and if the exit polls are to be believed, there is no way to explain such a landslide victory for BJP,” said a party functionary.

The poll process for the urban local bodies across the state will have to be completed by the second week of July, he said, adding that the the State Election Commission was currently "Then we came to know that the EVMs supposed to be used for the urban local bodies polls were pre-2006 models.

"Then we came to know that the EVMs supposed to be used for the urban local bodies polls were pre-2006 models. Tags: evm machine, election commission, ballot paper, nasim zaidi. Location : India, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow.

The SEC on April 13 had urged the Election Commission to allow it to hold elections to the posts of mayor and corporators of various civic bodies in UP using the traditional paper ballots if it could not provide EVMs in "good working condition". SEC had urged the EC to provide latest EVMs which are in good working condition otherwise the SEC would hold the elections by using the ballot papers. During the 2012 elections to the urban local bodies, the EVMs provided by the EC were made in 2006 and were not suited as per the requirements.

The poll process for the urban local bodies across the state will have to be completed by the second week of July. The notification for the elections is likely to be issued by the state government before May 25 next.

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The poll process for the urban local bodies across the state will have to be completed by the second week of July, he said, adding that the the State Election Commission was currently "Then we came to know that the EVMs supposed to be used for the urban local bodies polls were pre-2006 models.

The Uttar Pradesh State Election Commission has asked for new electronic voting machines to conduct urban body polls in the state . The local body elections will be held in July in Uttar Pradesh. In the last municipal elections i 2011, EVMs were used .

State Election commission is currently working on delimitation of wards on a war footing. Estimated 3 Crore voters in urban areas of UP are eligible to cast their vote in civic polls in UP, which have to be concluded by July 10.

Some political parties, including the Congress, BSP and SP had raised the issue of reliability of EVMs in the aftermath of recently-held Assembly elections in five states, including Uttar Pradesh.

On April 15 chief minister Yogi Adityanath had a discussion with state election commissioner SK Agarwal before he left for Odisha to attend the BJP's national executive meeting, to review the situation. The state government apprehended that the EC following the outrage by the opposition parties alleging tampering of the EVMs, neither may nor provide the EVMs and the SEC will be forced to conduct the election through ballot papers.

Published by HT Digital Content Services with permission from Pioneer.

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