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Randomisation of EVMs begins

Preparations for polling: Randomisation of electronic voting machines under way in Dharwad on Thursday.

Preparations for polling: Randomisation of electronic voting machines under way in Dharwad on Thursday.  

Staff Correspondent

There are 1,173 polling booths in Dharwad district

DHARWAD: Randomisation of electronic voting machines (EVMs) to be despatched to the seven constituencies in the district began at the Deputy Commissioner office premises here on Thursday.

There are as many as 1,173 polling booths, including 134 auxiliary polling booths, in the district. The process of allotting the EVMs was undertaken on Thursday with the help of randomisation software developed especially for the elections.

The process which began in the morning faced a few technical glitches. However, they were set right by afternoon.

Assistant Commissioner of Dharwad Mahantesh Bilagi, who is also the returning officer for Dharwad constituency, said that randomisation of the EVMs to be despatched to the seven constituencies was likely to be completed by the early hours of Friday.

The process

Each EVM consists of two components — the balloting unit and the control unit — which have separate codes. During randomisation, which is held simultaneously for the all the constituencies in a district, the EVMs with different codes are allotted randomly to a constituency. The EVMs are allotted to a constituency as per the computerised randomisation list, and handed over to the returning officer concerned.

Randomisation process for allotment of EVMs to various booths in a constituency will be carried out again before the voting machines are sent to the mustering centres.

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