For the first time in the history of polls to the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) scheduled to be held on March 6, one EVM will be kept on standby in place of each EVM and as such, there will be a total of 136 EVMs on the voting day, revealed Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Tiswadi Gaurish Shankhwalkar.
All EVMs were sealed inside the strong room of Pharmacy College after they were thoroughly checked in presence of candidates. Shankhwalkar said that close-circuit television cameras and 24-hour armed policemen are in place to guard them. He said that extra EVMs have been kept to avoid last-minute chaos and confusion if something goes wrong or some technical fault/snag develops as the machines cannot be repaired immediately.
Live demonstration of EVMs was conducted in the Pharmacy College premises and five per cent of EVMs were checked and found up-to-date. Even old batteries were replaced to avoid any problem while the polling is in progress. The counting of votes will be done
on March 8 at the same venue.