Chinchwad By-polls : Commissioning process of voting machines for Chinchwad by-poll starts

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Pimpri: The preparation for the upcoming by-poll elections in the Chinchwad Assembly Constituency is being held in the city by the administration. The commissioning process of voting machines began on February 15, 2023. The Election Decision Officer Sachin Dhole reported that a total of 2,907 voting machines, which include 714 control units, 1428 ballot units, and 765 VVPATs, have been prepared for the voting process.

The commissioning process started at the strong room located at Shankar Anna Gawde Kamgar Bhawan in Thergaon. The process was carried out in the presence of candidates and their representatives.

The Election Inspector S. Satyanarayan oversaw the commissioning process of the voting machines along with the candidates and their representatives. The EVM sealing process will be completed within the prescribed time and the election department is working meticulously at every stage to ensure that all the necessary procedures are followed in accordance with the actual election voting process.

To ensure the security of the voting machines, Collector and District Election Officer Dr. Rajesh Deshmukh inspected the strong room and reviewed the security arrangements. He also provided instructions to the security personnel. After checking and ensuring the commissioning process of Polling Station No. 61, Dr. Deshmukh himself sealed the EVMs of this center.

On February 14, a total of 2,907 voting machines underwent a second randomization process through the computer system in the presence of candidates and their representatives. After the voting machines were arranged, the commissioning process began under the guidance of Election Decision Officer Sachin Dhole. The Assistant Election Decision Officer Ajit Patil, Shirish Poredi, Election Assistant, and Tehsildar Nagesh Gaikwad, along with other officers related to the election process, were present during the commissioning process.

Before the commissioning process, experts Chandrakant Dhawale and Musak Kazi trained the Section Officers and other officials working on the election. They demonstrated technical information about the voting machines. Pandurang Salunkhe, Principal of Patashibai Manav Kalyan Andhashala Bhosari, gave the trainees detailed information about the directional stickers in Braille script on the ballot unit and other Braille script to make voting convenient for differently-abled voters.

Mrunal Jadhav