The Election Commission of India has finally announced its decision to use EVMs for the forthcoming Lok Sabha election in Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency.
The EC which examined the reports submitted by Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar, announced late on Sunday evening that the election would be held through EVMs. It directed the ECIL to ensure immediate supply of 26,280 ballot units, 2,240 control units and 2,600 VVPATs of M3 make to the CEO Telangana.
Since Sunday morning, the CEO office were waiting for the Election Commission’s decision on whether to use electronic voting machines or revert to paper ballot in the Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency. With 185 candidates remaining in contest, the State officials sought the guidance of the ECI on the mode that should be adopted for the polls.
The EC, according to sources, held discussions with top officials of the Bharat Electronics Limited which manufactures the M3 model machines with capacity of accommodating all the 185 names in addition to a slot for the None of The Above (NOTA) option. over whether the public sector company could make arrangements to ensure availability of the required number of machines.
Officials have been deputed by the EC to hold negotiations with the BEL to hold discussions in this regard. “Options like the space required for accommodating the multiple ballot units along with the control unit and VVPAT machines in the polling stations are being worked out,” the official said.
Engineers had been sent to the polling stations spread across the constituency to make a detailed study of the situation at the ground level in this direction.