: Election Commission officials will closely monitor the polling process by using video cameras and webcasting on May 5, Deputy Commissioner P.C. Jaffer told presspersons in Bidar on Wednesday.

“The whole process of polling from checking of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the morning at 6 to polling between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the close of polling will be recorded. Special focus will be on sensitive booths. Webcasting facilities will be installed at select booths,” he said.

He demonstrated the use of EVMs and spoke of the checks and balances built into the devices. Polling officials will cast 50 votes in each booth before start of polling in the presence of party agents, to test the EVMs. This will be done even if the agents are not present. Secondly, once the polling officer closes polling in each EVM, it will not accept any more votes, he said. Candidates or agents can seek and obtain print-outs of votes cast in a booth at the end of polling.

Each EVM is closely guarded and the movement of the machine is carried out with permission from the Election Commission of India, and a meticulous security protocol is followed.

Over 460 EVMs are being used for polling this time.

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