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Chief Electoral Officer Punjab awakened LPU Students about Conduct of Elections & EVM

September 22, 2018 12:01 PM

Punjab News Express/SK.Vyas
JALANDHAR: Chief Electoral Officer (Government of Punjab) Dr S Karuna Raju, IAS, visited Mittal School of Business at Lovely Professional University (LPU) today and awakened young students about why elections are mandatory, what is the importance of ethical voting and related issues. Occasion was important guest lecture on ‘EVM Demonstration, Laws and Conduct of Elections.” CEO Dr Raju was accompanied by Additional Deputy Commissioners of Jalandhar, Kapurthala and his ECI team members. He informed students in details about Electronic Voting Machines ("EVMs"), their proper usage, challenges, laws related to these, Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system and more.

Interacting with young business students, Dr Raju informed about his prime motto of making all of them understand that for good ruling of a democratic country “every vote counts”. All persons are equal as voters, be these belong to any strata of the society, so everyone should go for voting on the day of voting. Sharing that certain doubts were raised about the reliability of EVMs, CEO of the state informed that the EVM software is so designed that it allows a voter to cast the vote only once. ECI has also introduced EVMs with voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) system. It implies that a paper slip is generated bearing name and symbol of the candidate along with recording of vote in control unit of EVM. In case of any dispute, paper slip could be counted to verify the result being shown on the EVM.

In fact, India is the largest participatory democracy of the world, with millions of registered voters. The Election Commission of India successfully conducts elections for parliament and various state legislative assemblies in a free, fair, participative, informed and credible manner. The Commission keeps on implementing latest technological advancements in improving and fine tuning the election processes and systems.

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