DIPHU, Sept 7: Madhumita Bhagawati, the district commissioner of Karbi Anglong, has announced the commencement of the First Level Check (FLC) of Electoral Voting Machines (EVMs) for the upcoming Parliamentary election under three Legislative Assembly Constituencies of Diphu, Howraghat, and Bokajan.
This checking process will begin on September 10 at the warehouse in Diphu.
In a press conference held at her official chamber, the DC explained that this process is in accordance with the instructions of the Election Commission of India (ECI).
To ensure a smooth FLC, preparations such as installation of CCTV cameras and video recording facilities have been completed. Engineers and officials from the ECI will arrive on September 9 to oversee the checking of EVMs, she said.
During the FLC, representatives from state and registered national political parties will be present. The warehouse holds 616 Ballot Units (BU), 595 Control Units (CU), and 637 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines. Any malfunctioning EVMs will be replaced with new ones.
The DC also outlined other pre-revision activities, including the disposal of pending claims and objections, the removal of multiple entries, correction of discrepancies in EPICs (Electors’ Photo Identity Cards), and the appointment of various election officials. The integrated and amalgamated draft electoral roll will be published on December 1, 2023, with a period for claims and objections between December 1 and 30, 2023, and the final electoral roll will be published on January 31, 2024.