GPS to track movement of reserve EVMs, VVPATs

  • | Saturday | 23rd March, 2019

Agra: All reserve electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter verifiable paper audit trail ( VVPATs ) machines will be placed under surveillance of Global Positioning System (GPS). For this, the vehicles of sector magistrates carrying EVMs and VVPATs will be fitted with GPS tracking system. On polling day, as soon as the reserve EVMs are shifted from a strongroom to the vehicles of sector magistrates, they will come under GPS tracking. The district administration has asked the regional transport department to make arrangements for 400 vehicles equipped with GPS system.Deputy district election officer Ramesh Chandra said, “The Election Commission has directed that end-to-end movement of all reserve EVMs and VVPATs have to be carefully monitored all the time. This will enable officials to check location of the magistrates and voting machines in real time.In case, an EVM at any polling booth stops working then as per GPS status, the nearest available reserve EVMs will be sent as replacement.

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