GUWAHATI: With the increase in the number of polling stations in the state post-delimitation of constituencies, the Election Commission of India (ECI) is now going to provide more EVMs (electronic voting machines) to the state for the Lok Sabha election in 2024.
The State had 28,205 polling stations before the delimitation exercise. After the delimitation and rationalization of polling stations, the number of polling stations increased to 28,645, registering an increase of 440 polling stations. In the event of the setting up of auxiliary polling stations, depending on the numbers of electors at the time of election, the state will need more EVMs.
According to sources in the State Election Department, the Election Commission of India is going to provide around 5,000 more EVMs (control units) for the smooth conduct of the Lok Sabha election 2022. Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL) is the manufacturer of the EVMs. The ECI provided around 4,500 EVMs to the state last month. The first-level checking of the EVMs will start in the presence of representatives of political parties after the arrival of the 5,000 EVMs. The first-level checking of EVMs, which the department has under its disposal, is over.