Assembly polls likely to be held in 2 phases; EC team to arrive for discussion soon


M3 voting machines are longer but less wide than the currently used machines. But the functioning is almost similar. The current voting machines can be connected to only 4 balloting units while the new machines can be connected with 24 units.

Thiruvananthapuram: The assembly election is likely to be held in two phases. The election will be held between April-end and second week of May. The Election Commission has made a plan about the safety measures and precautions to be taken during the election in five states including Kerala.

The dates of the election have not been finalised yet. A discussion will be held with the State Chief Election Commissioner, representatives of political parties, chief secretary and state police chief. The Election Commission officials will arrive here next week to assess the election procedures.

M3 voting machines

The new generation M3 voting machines will be used for polling. These are very unlikely to get damaged during the polling and were already used in the election in Telangana, Maharashtra and Bihar assembly polls.

M3 voting machines are longer but less wide than the currently used machines. But the functioning is almost similar. The current voting machines can be connected to only 4 balloting units while the new machines can be connected with 24 units.

If there is any attempt to open the voting machine through unauthorised means, it will become dysfunctional. The machine can be monitored via online while functioning and this will help realise any changes in hardware or software.

The possibility of the machine getting damaged is less than one percent. Over 1 lakh voting machines have been brought to the state. They will be checked from December 26 by engineers and technicians in BHEL.

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