Thiruvananthapuram: Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections on April 23, the Election Commission brought 5100 additional VVPAT machines to state. The additional machines were allotted as a precaution to avoid technical glitches during the polls.
It is learned that the move was made after observing over 12 errors in some of the machines taken to the state earlier.
At the same time, 3000 controlling units were also taken to the district centres. The officials in charge of election are engaged with pasting the names of candidates and symbols on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM). This work will be completed soon.
After an examination by officials from Electronic Corporation of India, these EVMs will be kept in the strong room of respective constituencies.
Meanwhile, highest number of additional VVPAT machines were taken to Kannur. A total of 1100 machines reached here. At the same time, 400 machines were brought to Wayanad. 300 machines each were distributed in other districts.
The Election Commission took the action to distribute additional VVPAT machines in all constituencies after examining error in the machines that were distributed earlier. The machines were taken from the states where the polling was over.
In Kerala, voting will be held in 24,970 polling stations. So equivalent number of machines are necessary for the smooth conduct of polls. As a precaution, 20 percent of additional machines will be kept reserved to avoid interruption in polling due to technical glitches.
Error in VVPAT machines like overheating and failure in memory of printer were reported in most of the districts where polling was held.