ECI announces vehicles carrying EVMs to be equipped with GPS tracking system

The Election Commission of India has decided that vehicles carrying reserved EVMs and VVPATs during the seven-phased Lok Sabha polls will be mandatorily equipped with GPS to track their movement.

It need be mentioned that the decision came in the backdrop of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines being found in hotels, roads and even at the residence of an MLA during the assembly elections held in five states late last year.

The ECI directed to all state chief electoral officers to carefully monitor ”end-to-end” movement of all reserved EVMs and paper trail machines.

For the purpose, vehicles of all sector officers carrying reserve machines will mandatorily be fitted with GPS tracking system, it said.

When incidents of “missing” EVMs were reported, the poll panel had found that in most of the cases, the polling personnel were careless and did not follow the standard operating procedure.

The EC will set up nearly 10.35 lakh polling stations in the country, as compared to nearly 9.28 lakh set up during 2014 parliamentary polls. This marks an increase of 10.1 per cent.

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