Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], Dec 3 (ANI): Both VVPAT machines and Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used in all 50,264 voting booths of 182 constituencies in Gujarat, in the upcoming state assembly elections, the Chief Election Commissioner of India, AK Joti informed on Sunday.
"If a candidate thinks that unfair means have been used in the polling process, we have given a provision in our EVM manual that if a candidate has such doubts, then he can complain about it to the Returning Officer," Joti said, at a press conference, here, and added that under certain conditions, the VVPAT machines could be unsealed and the counting of slips could take place.
Amid the recent allegations of EVM tampering in the Uttar Pradesh civic polls, Joti informed the state body elections in any state were conducted in the jurisdiction and held under the direction of state election commission, and the EC did not play any role in it.
"Local government bodies and self-election commissioners sometimes request us to loan them EVMs. For 15-20 years, the EC has been providing M1 model of EVM which is of an earlier generation because the EC has been using the M2 generation of the machine since 2006. We have also told them to buy new EVMs from their own funds," he added.
VVPAT enables the voters to see the candidate's name, symbol, and serial number.
The polls will be held on December 9 and 14. (ANI)