ANDHRA PRADESH

No EVMs for SCB polls



SCB will now revert to ballot boxes and printing of ballot papers as was being done earlier



HYDERABAD: The plans of the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) to use electronic voting machines for the civic polls scheduled to be held on May 18 has fallen flat with the Election Commission of India refusing to part with them.

The SCB will now revert to ballot boxes and printing of ballot papers as was being done for all its previous elections.

About 250 ballot boxes are to be used for the election for eight civilian wards in the area with 16-18 candidates contesting for each ward.



SCB disappointed

SCB officials, though disappointed with the EC response, said that it would take about three to four days only for printing of ballot papers. The SCB was expecting an expenditure of about Rs. 23 lakh for loaning the EVMs. While cost is expected to come down for voting by ballot boxes, the authorities will have to rework their plans to put in more personnel for the exercise now.

None of the SCB staff will be manning the polling booths or during counting with staff from defence accounts and related departments to be sourced for the work.

There are 1, 51,790 voters in the SCB as against 1, 93,000 held last time after thorough screening of the rolls.

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