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Agartala: To ensure greater transparency and avoid confusion in the minds of voters, the Election Commission has decided that electronic voting machines (EVMs) would henceforth display images of the contestants along with their names and party symbols.elections-polls-evm-voting

The new system would be operational for the first time during the June 27 by elections to six assembly constituencies in five states – Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tamil Nadu and Tripura.

“Following a Supreme Court direction, the Election Commission has decided to display photos of the candidates besides their names and party symbols on the EVMs,” Election Commission Secretary K.N. Bhar told IANS. The images would be displayed between the party symbol and the candidate’s name.

“The new mode would be applicable from now onwards in all future elections to parliament and the state assemblies,” he added.

The official said that the new system would help voters easily identify the candidates of their choice, avoid confusion on candidates with namesakes and long lists of contestants.

“The new method would be applied for the first time in India during the by-elections to six assembly seats in five states,” Bhar added.

The by-polls would be held on June 27 in two assembly constituencies in Tripura and one constituency each in the other four states.

The poll panel has issued a notification to all Chief Electoral Officers and stake holders concerned, making the new system compulsory.

According to the EC notification, available with IANS, no uniforms would be allowed and caps and dark glasses have to be avoided in the candidates’ photographs.

The notification also said that the candidates are required to submit a photograph taken during the preceding period of three months before the date an election is notified.

The photograph should be of stamp size with a white or off-white background, with full face view directly facing the camera, a neutral facial expression and with eyes open. The photo may be in colour or black and white as may be convenient for the candidate.

“Following the directives of the Election Commission, we are arranging the new systems for the forthcoming by-elections in the state,” Tripura’s additional Chief Electoral Officer Debashish Modak told IANS.

“The commission considers that photographs of candidates (on the EVMs) will facilitate the electors in casting their votes and also the candidates in their campaign,” Bhar said, adding that the candidates’ photographs would also be printed on the postal ballots issued to the security personnel and officials engaged in the election process.

The Supreme Court judgement had come on a public suit filed by Delhi resident Ashok Gahlot.

“It would be a major boost for the Indian electorate that predominantly is illiterate and semi-literate often get confused with candidates having identical names in the fray. Political parties often field dummy candidates with a similar name to confuse the voters,” said Hiranmoy Chakraborty, who has considerable experience in the field. He was Tripura’s joint chief electoral officer and has worked closely with several chief election commissioners, including the high-profile T.N. Seshan.

“Sometimes candidates have been defeated because their votes had, supposedly due to confusion, gone to the dummy namesakes,” Chakraborty added.

“Although suitable suffixes are added to the names of candidates in the event or two or more candidates having same name, this new move would remove confusion in the minds of electors at the time of voting,” Chakraborty noted. (IANS)

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Kejriwal alleges EVM tampering, asking for postponement of MCD polls

He said paper ballot should be used in Delhi's civic polls to guarantee transparency.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
April 04, 2017: Alleging again that EVMs can be tampered with, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday demanded that Delhi’s civic polls should be postponed if needed to use the paper ballot.
Referring to an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in Madhya Pradesh found to have been manipulated, the AAP leader said the EVM had come from Uttar Pradesh and it raised questions about the BJP’s sweeping win in assembly elections in that state.

Kejriwal said all the EVMs to be used in the April 9 by-election in Madhya Pradesh had come from Govind Nagar constituency in Uttar Pradesh and demanded to know what was so special about Govind Nagar.

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 The Election Commission, he said, had violated its own rules that say that EVMs used in an election can’t be reused for 45 days because someone can petition against the result that would warrant an examination of the EVM.

Delhi’s civic polls are due on April 23 along with a by-election from Rajouri Garden to the Delhi assembly. Kejriwal said the EVMs to be used in Rajouri Garden too had come from Uttar Pradesh.

He said paper ballot should be used in Delhi’s civic polls to guarantee transparency.

And if the civic polls needed to be postponed to ensure the use of the paper ballot, they should be postponed, he added.

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Earlier, when the EVMs were defective, if a voter pressed the button for one party, the light for that would not glow. The voter would thus know the machine was faulty.

“But now the light glows correctly but the vote is recorded in the chip in favor of the BJP.

“So EVMs without VVPAT (paper trail) cannot be checked if they are defective or not.”

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Kejriwal asked the Election Commission to hand over to the AAP an EVM for 72 hours. “We have experts who will check if the chip can be rewritten or not.

“The software in the chips can be changed. This is happening on a large scale.” IANS

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Bihar elections: EVMs to carry photos of candidates

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New Delhi: To avoid any confusion arising out of similar names or party symbols while voting, the Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi announced on Wednesday that the electronic voting machines (EVM) will carry photos of the candidates in the upcoming Bihar assembly elections.

The first phase of the five-stage poll is scheduled for October 12.

“This has been done to avoid confusion among voters to identify their candidates. In the last few elections, it was seen that there were so many candidates of the same name which created confusion among the voters.

“The matter was also taken to the Supreme Court. We believe that the voters should know and be able to identify their candidates. That’s why we have decided to use photos on the EVMs,” Zaidi said.

Bihar elections will be conducted in five phases starting October 12. The last phase of the polls will be held on November 5.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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AAP keeps a 24-hour Vigil at EVM locations post-poll

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Exit Poll Delhi Elections 2015
by NewsGram Staff

Exit Poll Delhi Elections 2015

Voting for Delhi Assembly Elections 2015 concluded today as an unprecedented 67.21 percent voters turned out at the polling booths to elect the new government in the state. Except for few minor incidents, the polling was overall hassle-free. The counting of votes will be done on February 10.

As the voting ended, a number of exit polls came up to project the winning party. Today’s Chanakya, a political research organization that was most accurate in predicting the outcomes in Delhi Assembly polls 2013 and General Elections 2014, has prophesized a clear majority for Aam Aadmi Party. It predicts 42 to 54 seats for AAP, 16 to 28 for BJP, 0 to 2 seats for Congress, and 0 to 2 seats for Others.

Exit polls by ABP-Nielsen, Today-Cicero, IndiaTV-C Voter, etc. also projected a clear majority for Aam Aadmi Party. Taking out an average of such major exit polls, the stats come out as: AAP – 43, BJP – 26, and Cong – 1. Despite the unanimous projections, BJP leaders still seemed to be hopeful of a majority and urged the media to wait till the counting day. On the other hand, Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha expressed utmost disappointment as a party which might indicate an overhaul in its think tank and key positions in coming times.

Meanwhile, AAP’s CM candidate Arvind Kejriwal tweeted later in the evening that the party has ‘deployed volunteers to keep round the clock vigil on the premises housing EVMs.’ It should be noted that he had raised concerns over probability of tampering of the EVMs earlier and was reassured by the ECI.

In three days from now, the mandate of the people of Delhi would decide the destiny of the state and if the Aam Aadmi Party comes to power, the world would be watching over as expectations of good governance and a corruption-free state are set to soar high.

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