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“EVMs likely to be used in local body elections”

Staff Reporter

State Election Commissioner hands over guide to Superintendent of Police



Review:D.Chandrasekaran (right), State Election Commissioner, addressing a meeting at the Collectorate in Tuticorin on Thursday.

Tuticorin: The functioning of EVMs was good during the by-elections held in various districts, according to the State Election Commissioner D. Chandrasekaran. He exuded confidence that following the success of the EVMs in terms of its modus operandi, the electronic equipment would be used for elections to local bodies in all districts. The use of technology is playing a vital role in successfully discharging the duties. The electronic voting machine serves its purpose, he said.

Even in advanced countries like the United States, the officials were not accustomed to using EVMs. Addressing the media here on Thursday at the Collectorate, he said a proposal at an estimated cost of Rs. 21 crore was sent to the State Government for obtaining electronic voting machines.the new State Election Commission's Office established at a cost of Rs. 2. 13 crore in Arugambakkam had the best of infrastructural facilities in India.

Following the successful use of the EVMs in the by-polls similar electronic equipment would be used for the local body elections in all districts, he said.

Intensive training for the polling personnel would be imparted for safe handling of EVMs. Meanwhile, he said the police personnel should take stock of the hypersensitive booths. He also handed over the guides on the Local Body elections entitling “A bird's eye view” to Superintendent of Police T. Senthil Kumar and Assistant Superintendent of Police Anil Kumar Giri on the occasion.

He said the guide consisting basic details of election would be of great help. The guide consists of Panchayat Act, 1994, Panchayat Rule 1925 and Urban Act. R. Selvin, Councilor, Ward – III, Eluvaraimukki village panchayat, Sathankulam Union, was disqualified for attending the panchayat meeting following the action taken by the State Election Commissioner under section 38. 4 (I).

Mr. Selvin remained absent from attending the meeting for three consecutive terms.

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