District godowns for EVMs, VVPAT to be set up soon

With the state heading for the local body polls and the general Assembly elections scheduled in 15 months, the Tamil Nadu Public Election Department that coordinates with the Election Commission of India and the State Election Commission responsible for the local body polls is now working on improving its logistics.
District godowns for EVMs, VVPAT to be set up soon


The state government had allotted Rs 120 crore to establish district-wise storing centres for electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) devices. All the 32 districts will get new storage godowns to keep the EVMs and other poll materials safely, chief electoral officer Satyabrata Sahoo told DT Next. The construction for district-wise godowns will start shortly and it will take at least a year for their completion, the CEO said, adding that the ECI has revised the guidelines and maintenance norms for the poll materials.

Meanwhile, the TN State Election Commission (TNSEC) had also planned a review meeting for the District Collectors of southern Tamil Nadu on Thursday to work out the logistics requirement for the conduct of local body polls.

Last week, State Election Commissioner S Palanisamy had also passed a notification directing the district election officers to schedule the polling time for a duration of 10 hours ranging between 7 am to 5 pm on the day notified for the poll.

In exercise of the powers conferred by Rule 49 of the Tamil Nadu Panchayats(Elections) Rules, 1995, the TNSEC has also proposed colour ballot papers for the rural local bodies.

“There shall be a counterfoil provided at the top of the ballot paper and the width of the ballot paper will be between 3 inch and 4 inch as may be considered convenient for printing the ballot paper,” a recent notification read.

If the number of contesting candidates is not exactly divisible by the number of candidates in each column, the end panel on the right side of the ballot paper which do not contain the name of any candidate shall becompletely shaded. The ballot papers will be stitched into bundles of 50, with consecutive serial numbers.

It should be ensuredthat the serial numbers on each ballot paper and its counterfoilare identical, thenotification added.
  •  TNSEC recommends coloured ballot paper for rural local bodies.   
  •  For village panchayat member - White/Blue
  •  Village panchayat president - Pink
  •  Panchayat union member - Green
  •  District panchayat member - Yellow

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