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Faulty EVMs in Assam's Cachar district

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Updated: April 2, 2011, 1:58 PM IST
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Faulty EVMs in Assam's Cachar district
With just two days left for Assembly elections, 900 of the 1,161 EVM machines are not working.

Karimganj: With just two days left for Assembly elections, 900 of the 1,161 EVM machines are not working in south Assam's Cachar district, officials said on Saturday. The faulty electronic voting machines (EVM) were displaying 'low battery' as their expiry date was July 2010, they said.

Though the EVM's had July 2010 as the expiry date a label pasted on top put it as August 2012, they said. The problem was discovered when the EVMs were opened
and tested before the polling agents as instructed by the Election Commission, they said.

Four engineers of the company which supplied the EVMs had arrived from Kolkata and were trying since yesterday to rectify the problem, officials said. "The engineers are working. We hope to solve the problem within a short time," Cachar district Returning officer Harendra Kumar Deb Mahanta told PTI.

Meanwhile, polling personnel for the remote areas of the district had proceeded to their destinations with the remaining EVMs, they said. The remaining would go after the repair of the faulty EVMs.

First Published: April 2, 2011, 1:58 PM IST
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