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GPS-enabled vehicles to transport EVMs in M.P.

The vehicles used for transporting Electronic Voting Machines in the Lok Sabha election in Madhya Pradesh will be installed with GPS [Global Positioning System].

“GPS will be installed on vehicles to be used for transporting EVMs in the Lok Sabha election in the State. Similarly, control rooms will be set up in each district headquarters for tracking the vehicles,” Chief Electoral Officer V.L. Kanta Rao said.

During the elections, GPS will also be installed in vehicles to be used for transporting polling teams to the booths, transporting of reserve EVMs in vehicles of Sector Magistrate on the voting day and the for transporting the reserve machines from districts to State-level warehouse after polling, to obtain their locations, said an official.

During the 2018 Assembly elections in the State, late arrival of EVMs at the collection centre in Sagar district has snowballed into a major controversy with the Congress suspecting a foul play by the BJP.

Concerned over tampering with the EVMs, the Congress has deployed party workers outside strong rooms at several places across the State.

The office of the State Election Commission received 3,715 complaints between January 1 and March 22, of which 3,073 have already been resolved.

For prompt and effective redressal of complaints related to the Lok Sabha polls, a cVIGIL app (Gold Version) has also been developed, the official added.

Source: thehindu.com

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