Karnataka 2018

EVMs tracked every minute of the way while in transit

First-level checks of the EVMs have begun across the State.

First-level checks of the EVMs have begun across the State.  

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All machines required for the State have reached their destinations

Ever wondered if the electronic voting machines (EVM) with VVPATs being brought in trucks from different States to Karnataka ahead of elections, are safe in transit? Election Commission (EC) of India ensures that they are, with each truck monitored by the Electronic Tracing Services through a mobile app. It tracks the movement from the source to destinations, minute by minute.

The tracking system provides real-time information to the EC on the district from where the EVMs are being moved and the destination that it is headed to. The app is also monitored by the deputy commissioner, who is also the returning officer, of the receiving district, sources said.

“There are well-established protocols for the movement of EVMs from one State to another ahead of elections, as police protection for the vehicles carrying the EVMs changes in each district that the truck transits. A minor deviation from the fixed path is also reflected in the system,” an official in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer said. With Karnataka having only around 3,267 balloting units and 4,588 control units of its own, most of the equipment comes from outside the State. A total of 85,650 balloting units (BU) and 66,700 control units (CU) and 73,700 VVPATs have come from Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra, besides supplies from Bharat Electronics Ltd.

With the total allotment of EVMs and VVPATs to the State having reached their respective destinations, first-level checks of the machines or its deployment have begun across the State. This exercise is expected to be completed in about a week or 10 days’ time. In Bengaluru, first-level checks of EVMs began on Friday. “Except for delay in deployment of EVMs in one district, owing to logistical issues, all EVMs have reached their destinations across the State. by Friday, the State had received its complete allocation of EVMs,” a source said.

In the first level, Engineers are now checking the machines to validate its fitness — both mechanical and technical. Sources in Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) said: “Only after engineers certify that the machines are fit for deployment, will they be deployed. The second level of checks will be done with randomly picked EVMs, in the presence of representatives of political parties.”

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