The Election Commission of India (ECI) is holding a two-day Conference on 11th and 12th January, 2019 of the Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) to review poll preparedness of the forthcoming General Elections to the Lok Sabha, 2019.
During the Conference, the Commission will discuss key issues related to poll preparedness such as Electoral Rolls, ERO Net, Polling Station arrangements, and EVM-VVPAT preparations.
Although the ruling party BJP of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in favor of EVMs (electronic voting machines), the opposition parties have raised serious doubts about the security of these machines.
Major political parties in India have repeatedly complained about the vulnerability of EVMs. It is also being observed that when EVMs malfunction, they vote only in favor of Modi’s BJP which runs with Lotus election symbol.
Further, the issues such as Security Management, Accessibility to Persons with Disabilities, Voter Education, use of IT applications, provision for Budget, manpower and other resources, will also be discussed in the ECI Conference.
Apart from reviewing the poll preparedness, the Commission will also discuss the takeaways and learning from the recent state polls in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, and Telangana.
During the Conference, these CEOs will make their comprehensive presentations of their poll preparedness on all important parameters.
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