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We are ready to hold simultaneous elections by next year, declares Election Commission

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BHOPAL: The EC has come up with a web-based application, Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) network, aimed at efficient conduct of elections. The best part is that it would be “logistically equipped” by September 2018 to hold simultaneous polls for LS and assemblies.

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“The Election Commission was asked by the Centre as what it would require for becoming capable of holding the parliamentary and assembly polls together.

“In response, the EC had asked for funds to purchase new EVMs and VVPAT machines. The commission would be logistically equipped by September, 2018, to hold parliamentary and assembly polls together,” Election Commissioner O P Rawat said.

Rawat said the commission has already placed the order for the purchase of new EVMs and VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) machines after receiving funds from the Centre.

Talking about VVPAT, it is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip drops in a box but the voter cannot take it home. It has only been used on trial basis in some places.

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“We would be logistically ready to hold simultaneous polls by September 2018, but it is up to the government to take a decision and make necessary legal amendments for it,” the election commissioner said.

Explaining the utility of the app, he said the ERO network would effectively keep a check on duplication.

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