EVMs scrutinised at Tiruparankundram

In the process of gearing up for the by-polls in Tiruparankundram, engineers from Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) conducted the first level checking of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the presence of Madurai Collector K Veera Raghav Rao and representatives of various political parties here on Monday.
EVMs scrutinised at Tiruparankundram
Bharat Electronics Limited experts check the EVMs for Tiruparankundram polls


Before the checking commenced, the Collector in front of officials and representatives from various political parties opened the sealed room where the EVMs were kept and then carried out inspection of EVMs kept inside. The EVMs were sourced from various constituencies such as Tirumangalam and Madurai South.
The two engineers Vasanthiah and Durgaiah from the BEL then explained the procedure to representatives of various political parties in front of the Collector. Nearly 1,000 model votes were polled and the machines were tested. Officials said that they would test the machines for a minimum of two days and for a maximum of four days.
Following that Collector met the media persons and said that 1,500 EVMs and 350 control units were kept ready for the election. Though there are only 291 polling stations and only one control unit is required per polling station they had placed adequate number of control units to tackle any emergency situation that may arise. 
He also said that it was made sure that votes registered at the EVMs which were brought from various constituencies were deleted and the numbers were set at zero for Tiruparankundram by-election. Even the test votes registered in the EVMs would be deleted explained the Collector. He further said that all the polling booths were ensured with basic amenities such as drinking water, toilet facilities, light facilities, ramp and so on. The training program for the officials who would participate in the election process would commence soon added the Collector. 
Returning Officer of Tiruparankundram constituency, Jeeva, and Corporation Deputy Commissioner, Shanthi, were present during the checking process.

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