Patiala MC polls: EVMs to have pictures of candidates
Patiala – The royal city is going to witness many new things in the ensuing elections for the Patiala Municipal Corporation as the first time the Election Commission of India (ECI) is going to experiment with putting the picture of every candidate contesting the election against his or her election symbol on the electronic voting machines (EVMs). Sources in the district administration said that this has been done to remove the confusion from the minds of the voters about their choice of the candidate to whom they want to vote for.Sources said the putting up of the picture of candidates will help voters in manifold ways. Earlier the voters used to get confused if there were more than one candidate of the same name. Sources said that now the voters are given all choices to identify their candidates before casting the vote as with the election symbol they can now match the picture of the candidate of their choice too.Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Development, cum Additional Electoral Officer (AEO) Shauqat Ahmad Parrey, when contacted, confirmed the move and further said that the Election Commission had received a number of complaints wherein the voters cast their votes to wrong candidates. “This time extra care has been taken by the commission in this direction,” he said. Besides this, EVMs will also carry an additional button meant for NOTA. In the last assembly elections, a total of 2,868 voters had used NOTA option.
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