Namchi 1st March(IPR): The First Level Checking (FLC) of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) commenced at DAC warehouse today. The FLC was undertaken under the technical expertise of three numbers of Engineers from BEL in the presence of ADC South, election department officials and representative of different Political Parties.
A total of numbers of 112 control unit (cu) 115 ballot unit (bu) EVMs and 161 numbers of VVPAT were received from the warehouse located at the CEO Office Gangtok on 28 February. The machines were transported in a contanarised vehicle having GPS tracking devise during the transit accompanied by Armed Police and the Magistrate.
It may be mentioned here that the FLC shall start from at 9 am till 7 pm in all days including holidays as per the guidelines of Election Commission of India. The representatives of political parties have been requested to be present and witness the procedures involved during the First Level of Checking process.
During the FLC, the District Collector (South) who is also the DEO Mr Ragul K. also inspected the FLC venue.