Deputy Commissioner Nitesh Patil announced that the first phase of verification of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) distributed to Belagavi district has been initiated in accordance with the guidelines of the Election Commission of India.
He made this announcement after observing the commencement of the First Level Checking (FLC) process on Monday (February 13) at the Election Commission of India warehouse in Hindalga, Belagavi.
The EVMs allocated to the district for the upcoming assembly elections will be thoroughly inspected to ensure their proper functioning.
A total of 8748 ballot units, 7216 control units, and 6319 VVPAT machines have been provided by the Election Commission for the 18 assembly constituencies of the district.
Deputy Commissioner Nitesh Patil has announced that the first phase of EVM verification is being conducted in a highly transparent manner, with representatives of national and recognized political parties present in accordance with the Election Commission’s guidelines. Starting today, 30 skilled engineers from the Electronic Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) have been appointed by the Election Commission to ensure that each voting machine is assembled and tested according to the rules.
The verification process will take place daily from 9 am to 7 pm, with representatives of national and recognized political parties able to observe the process. Webcasting has been enabled to further ensure transparency, and CCTV cameras have been installed throughout the area with tight police security. Only authorized personnel with the necessary identity cards are allowed to enter.
EVM Nodal Officer Mohana Sivannavara has also reported that the voting machines have been safely transported from Hyderabad and stored in a warehouse in Hindalaga village, and the first stage of verification will be conducted for a two-week period.