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Elections 2014: 951 polling stations in state marked critical

About 851 micro observers have been deployed at all the critical and sensitive polling booths in the state of Maharashtra out of the total 34,343 in the 19 Lok Sabha constituencies

As many as 951 polling stations spread across 19 constituencies in the state have been declared as critical.

32,500 security personnel will be guarding the city today, to ensure that polling procedures are completed without incident. Pic/Nimesh Dave
32,500 security personnel will be guarding the city today, to ensure that polling procedures are completed without incident. Pic/Nimesh Dave

These have been classified on the basis of criteria, including past electoral offences recorded in that area, communal tension, percentage of voters in the area without ID proof and percentage of voters that are missing without family linkages.

Voting will take place in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, North Maharashtra and Aurangabad, Jalna in Marathwada sealing the fate of 338 candidates.

1982
The year in which the EVMs were first introduced in India

3,840
The maximum number of votes that an EVM can record

620
The number of video cameras that will be used in the state’s polling process

119
The number of observers in Thane alone

Know your Electronic Voting Machine (EVM)
An Electronic voting Machine is a simple electronic device used to record votes in place of ballot papers and boxes, which were used earlier in conventional voting system.


Election officials distributed the electronic voting machines at the Dadar distribution centre on the eve of Lok Sabha Elections in Mumbai . Pics/Shadab Khan

Advantages of an EVM
>> It eliminates the possibility of invalid and doubtful votes, which, in many cases, are the root causes of controversies and election petitions
>> Counting of votes is much faster than the conventional system
>> It reduces the quantity of paper used thus saving a large number of trees and making the process eco-friendly
>> Cost of printing is almost nil as only one sheet of ballot paper is required for each polling station.

Did you know?
Like all physically challenged or infirm voters, a blind voter is permitted to take a companion with him to help him cast the vote. In addition to this, many of the EVMs have ‘Braile’ signage on the ballot units indicating the serial number of the candidate.

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