Indian General Elections

Amidst The Opposition's Claims Surrounding EVMs' Safe Storage, Let's Clarify - How Are EVMs Stored After Polling, Prior To Counting?

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Published:

With the exit polls released on Sunday indicating a comfortable win for the NDA which is projected to win 305 seats according to Jan Ki Baat and 287 seats according to CVoter - Republic's double exit polls, the 21 Opposition parties has been raising concerns about Electronic Voting Machines and the VVPAT (Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail Machines) claiming that the polled EVMs were not stored safely and that major voter fraud was taking place.

While the EC has dispelled these rumours by tweeting a picture of the stored EVMs and VVPATs using Press Information Bureau (PIB)'s Twitter handle assuring that the poll machines were brought under security cover to the designated strongrooms, which is sealed with double locks, let us know exactly how EVMs are stored after polling, prior to counting.

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Procedure for storage:

As per the EVM manual published by the Election Commission of India, the EVMs and VVPATs fall under four categories after polling - A) Polled EVMs & VVPATs, B) Defective polled EVMs & VVPATs, C) Defective unpolled EVMs & D ) VVPATs and Unused EVMs & VVPATs.

Following protocol, Zonal Magistrates and Area Officers who have a record of the number of machines will maintain receipts of receiving the machines and will visit every polling station in their jurisdiction as many times as possible on the poll day checking the EVM status.

A) Machines are stored in the Strong room

B) Machines are also stored separately with the EVMs of the category ‘A’ in a Strong Room with its record maintained by the Sector/Zonal/Area Magistrate who will furnish its details to the Presiding officer.

C) EVMs of category ‘C’ are stored separately in a separate room other than the strong room with 'defective' stickers pasted on them

D) EVMs of category ‘D’ are also stored separately in a separate room, other than the strong room with 'unused' stickers pasted on them.

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Mandatory instructions:

  • Under no circumstances, any person will take any EVM/VVPAT, whether provided for polling or polled or reserve, to his home or any private place. 
  • All EVMs and VVPATs of all categories after the poll shall be under cover of armed police at all times.
  • All EVMs and VVPATs of all categories will be returned at the same time at the receipt centre.
  • In case of storing reserve EVMs and VVPATs, the place of storage shall be identified and earmarked in advance and intimated to all contesting candidates/their agents.
  • No other election-related materials will be kept in EVM/VVPAT warehouses/strong rooms.
  • Unused EVMs and VVPATs used for training and EVMs and VVPATs replaced prior to the start of actual polls will not be kept in the Strong Room where polled EVMs and polled VVPATs are kept after poll and counting of votes. 

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