GUWAHATI: Unlike the previous elections voters in Gauhati Lok Sabha constituency will find two separate EVMs to cast their votes this time. Although interesting, the development is purely a technical one. A single EVM has two units—ballot unit and control. The ballot unit consisting of 16 press buttons is used to cast votes against names of 15 contesting candidates and one for NOTA option. The control unit stores votes cast. “Since the total number of contesting candidates in Guwahati constituency in the ensuing Lok Sabha election is 17, a single EVM will not be able to accommodate names of all the 17 candidates. There will be a necessity of installing two separate EVMs to enable voters to choose their chosen candidates and cast votes in favour of them,” a source in the State Election Department said, adding that there are adequate number of EVMs to meet the new requisition in Gauhati constituency. There are 2592 polling stations in the parliamentary constituency.
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