In view of the forthcoming elections to the Manipur Legislative Assembly, an awareness programme on familiarization of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) was held on Monday for the state journalists working in print and electronic media.
The programme was held at the office of the chief electoral officer, Manipur in Imphal.
Joint Chief Electoral Officer (II), Manipur, Md S Daulat Khan said that the programme was mainly carried out for increasing digital outreach and innovative physical outreach for awareness, familiarity and ease of use of EVM and VVPAT.
Explaining the detailed functioning of the EVM, he stated that EVM was designed with two units – the control unit and the balloting unit.
These units were joined together by a cable. The control unit of the EVM was kept with the presiding officer or the polling officer. The ballot unit along with VVPAT was kept within the voting compartment for electors to cast their votes.
VVPAT machines were used during the election process to verify that the vote polled by a voter goes to the candidate they voted for.
Five polling stations are randomly selected for physical counting of VVPATs slip. If any discrepancy arises at the time of counting, VVPATs slips will be mandatorily counted for that particular polling station, he said.
EVM demonstration centres were set up in the offices of the CEO, Manipur, in all district headquarters and all the offices of the returning officers (ROs) in compliance with the instruction of the ECI, he said.
It was mainly set up to make the voters/citizens have the live experience on EVM/VVPAT and sensitize them about the operations of the EVM.
More than twenty journalists attended the awareness programme. Coordinator, PMC & nodal officer (media), W Phajatombi also attended the awareness programme.