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37,606 Polling Stations To Have VVPATs With EVMs In Odisha, Says CEO Surendra Kumar


10 March 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque


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Bhubaneswar: As the nation enters into election mode with the announcement of poll dates today, the state machinery in Odisha is geared up to take the challenge in four phases.

Odisha has 147 assembly constituencies that will go to polls in four phases starting April 11 and will be held along with the Lok Sabha elections. As the model code of conduct comes into force from Sunday (March 10, 2019), Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar said reiterated the ban on transfers of poll related officials.

Addressing mediapersons here on Sunday, Kumar said that no more voter applications for 'deletion', 'correction' and 'transposition' shall be received from today onward.

Appication in form 6 (for addition) shall be accepted till 10 days before nominations. Total 7,51,333 fresh forms have been recieved during updation of the electoral rolls, he added.

"The photo voters slip, which will be provided at least five days before polls will not be sufficient to establish identity of the voter. One of any 12 documents approved by the Election Commission of India is mandatory to be furnished," Kumar said.

Total 37,606 polling stations in Odisha will have VVPATs (Voter verifiable paper audit trail). "The first level checking of all Electronic Voting Machines - VVPATs has been completed. Total 34 lakh voters participated in the awareness camps so far and the second phase is underway. Total 10,67,825 mock polls have been conducted," said Kumar.

The training of Returning Officers, Sector Officer and Observers have been completed. The first round of training was completed between February 16 and 20. The residual batrch of the newly joined ROs and other officers will start from March 11, added Kumar.

Around 4.70 lakh persons with disabilities have been listed in the electoral rolls in Odisha this time. Odisha stands second after Puducherry in identification, enrollment and flagging of PWD voters, he said.

"All PWDs shall be issued passes for queue jumping and free transport to the polling stations. Two volunteers will be deployed at each polling station to assist PWD voters. At least 25,000 wheel chairs shall be provided to assist them," the CEO stated.

To ensure transparency and force multipliers, around 10 percent of polling stations will be covered under web casting. Around same number will be covered under CCTV surveillance, he added.

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Surendra Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha