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DEO/RO South clarifies on transportation of EVMS

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The District Election Officer and Returning Officer, South Goa Parliamentary Constituency, Shri Ajit Roy has clarified on certain misconceptions on the transporting of EVMs.

After the polling was completed at the polling stations, EVMs, VVPATs and other polled materials were properly packed and sealed in the covers provided for this purpose. All these EVMs and other materials were transported from Polling Stations to the receiving centres at Taluka headquarters with proper police security cover apart from tracking the movement of EVMs through GPS.

At Taluka headquarter these EVMs were kept AC-wise in vehicles and again they were transported to District Strong Room at Borda with proper police security,  movement of  which was also tracked through GPS.

It may be informed that from the time of closing of poll till its transportation to Taluka headquarters, it took 3-4 hours as many polling stations are located in far flung areas. From Taluka headquarter, these EVMs were brought to District Strong Room only after midnight. The District Strong Room has three tier security arrangement including a Company of Central Armed Police Force. The Strong Room has been put on continuous CCTV surveillance.

At the Strong Room these EVMs were again arranged PS-wise and AC-wise before they were stored in racks designed for them as per ECI specifications. EVMs used at all 810 polling stations of South Goa constituency were arranged in the manner as explained above and were stored in Strong Room. This whole process takes several hours. However, for this a foolproof police security is arranged and the entire process is videographed. Authorised agents of Candidates are also allowed to witness the whole process of receiving EVM and polling materials, checking them and then storing them in the Strong Room as per ECI specifications. Agents of three candidates witnessed this entire process since last night till today morning. After completing all the due procedure, Strong Room was sealed at 10 in the morning today. This sealing was videographed. Sealing was also attended by the agents of Candidates.

 

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