Friday, November 22, 2013

EVMs in strongrooms to avert Maoist ambush

From The Times of India
TNN | Nov 22, 2013
RAIPUR: EVMs — which will decide the fate of candidates on December 8 — have been placed under a three-tier security to avert Maoist ambush. As many as 300 personnel have been deployed on the premises of Sejbahar's government engineering college, where electronic machines of the Raipur district are kept in strong rooms under the surveillance of 35 cameras.

More than 300 CRPF and BSF jawans will provide round-the-clock security, not allowing anyone to enter the strong rooms, police sources said adding that the security would be tightened and increased on the D-day.The machines of seven Vidhan Sabha assemblies have been kept in different rooms, which are being monitored from the police control room. "It is usually said that people fiddle with EVMS after polls. This is the reason police have tightened security so that no allegations are made by any political party. No one can even venture around the EVMS within a radius of 300m," a police source said.

According to joint chief electoral officer DD Singh, counting would be done in 14 rounds on December 8, as Raipur (south) constituency has maximum number of candidates.

A projector or LCD would also be installed for the purpose.

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