Sunday, July 28, 2013

Early General Elections on the horizon along with state elections in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Mizoram ?

News agency PTI has reported on July 28, 2013 that Election Commission has placed a fresh order for two lakh Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to public-sector companies as the present lot of EVMs cannot meet the demand in case elections are held simultaneously.

“We have placed a fresh order of EVMs as the present total of around 14 lakh EVMs is not enough to hold simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and five state assemblies later this year,” a senior EC official told PTI

The order has been placed with BHEL and ECIL, and the delivery is expected by September- October — the time the assembly polls are expected to be announced by the poll body. They said the EC required around 16 lakh EVMs in the event of holding simultaneous polls.

As per Election Commission data, the country has a total electorate of around 78.86 crore, while the five states where Assembly polls are due later this year -- Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Mizoram -- have an electorate of around 12 crore.

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