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More EVMs for Local Government Elections

Jun 26, 2011

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) has 4,125 Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), more than double of what it had during the General Elections, for the Local Government Elections.

Each polling station is set up with three EVMs to vote for the post of Gup, Mangmi, and  Tshogpa. In the far-flung polling stations, an additional EVM is kept to replace the EVM set up for voting, if at all it failed.

“We did not face any problem with the voting machine in the General Elections,” An election official added, “it is based on our experience we have decided to send only required machines to the polling station, the machine proved reliable in the first general elections.”

Remaining EVMs are pooled in several centrally located places to meet the need of polling stations connected by road.

During the General Elections, each polling station was equipped with an additional EVM. The result was declared on the same day. Prior to the invention of EVM, it took long hours to count Ballot papers and declare results.

The Electronic Voting Machine was devised and designed by the Election Commission of India together with the Bharat Electronics Limited and Electronics Corporation of India. The above two central government undertakings manufacture EVM in India.

Bhutan is the third country to use Electronic Voting Machine after India and Nepal.

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