EC to require 3 mn EVMs, 1.5-yr preparation time for simultaneous polls

The Election Commission will require around 30 lakh electronic voting machines (EVMs) and a preparation time of nearly one-and-half years for the smooth conduct of simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies, sources have said.
An EVM comprises one control unit, at least one ballot unit and one voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) unit.
According to the sources, the commission will require nearly 30 lakh control units, about 43 lakh ballot units and about 32 lakh VVPATs for the simultaneous polls, taking into consideration the reserve units kept for replacement in case of any malfunction or damage.
Sources said there is a shortfall of nearly 35 lakh voting units — control units, ballot units and VVPAT units — for the simultaneous conduct of Lok Sabha and assembly polls.
As deliberations on the conduct of simultaneous polls gathered steam, the Election Commission had informed the Law Commission a few months ago that it would also require adequate warehousing

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