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Gujarat Assembly Poll: Election Commission to use 75,000 VVPAT machines

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Gandhinagar, Sep 22: For the very first time, Election Commission will use more than 75,000 verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) gadgets in upcoming assembly polls in Gujarat, officials said on Friday.

At least 60,000 VVPAT machines have already arrived while 15,000 more are likely to be delivered in the coming week.

Besides Gujarat, the machines would be used in the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, likely to be held around the same time.

A state Election Commission official said: “We have received over 60,000 VVPAT machines, while 10,000 are to come from the Bharat Electronics Ltd and 5,000 from Electronics Corporation of India.”

“These are likely to come in a week’s time,” he added.

The VVPAT machines, which will be attached to the EVMs, will allow voters to verify if their vote has gone to the intended candidate.

The machines will be put to use in Gujarat following a petition filed by Reshma Patel, one of the convenors of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, who first approached the Gujarat High Court and subsequently the Supreme Court, seeking use of either ballot paper or VVPAT machines with EVMs.

Sources said Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti earlier this week summoned Gujarat’s Chief Electoral Officer B.B. Swain, Additional Director General of Police, Administration, Mohan Jha, Inspector General of Police, Technical Services, Narasimha Tomar and Nodal Income Tax Officer Samir Vakil to take stock of the state’s preparedness for the elections.

A high-level team comprising the CEC, Election Commissioners Om Prakash Rawat and Sunil Arora, and other officials of the Election Commission, will pay a two-day visit to Gujarat in the first week of October to take a first-hand account of the State’s poll preparedness, law and order situation, finalization of electoral rolls and political stability.

The final electoral roll will be declared on September 25 while the dates for the elections will be announced after the by the EC team’s visit.

The term of the 13th state assembly ends on January 22.

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Lok Sabha By-Polls: Congress announces candidates for Gorakhpur, Phulpur seats

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Lucknow, Feb 17: The state Congress on Friday announced faces for Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats, where by-elections are scheduled to be held on March 11.

The party named Dr Surheeta Chatterjee Kareem, a gynaecologist, as its candidate from Gorakhpur, while it chose Manish Mishra, son of former IAS officer J N Mishra, for the Phulpur seat.

Congress state president Raj Babbar confirmed the candidature of both nominees.

The by-elections in Uttar Pradesh were necessitated after Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath became the Chief Minister, while Phulpur MP Kehsav Prasad Maurya was appointed the Deputy Chief Minister.

Congress state president Raj Babbar confirmed the candidature of both nominees.

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US intelligence chiefs say Russia still meddling, threatening 2018 elections

In strong language, Coats said Russia President Vladimir Putin has been emboldened by Russia’s successful interference in the 2016 elections and is targeting the 2018 election cycle.

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WASHINGTON — Russia and other adversaries will continue to engage in cyber warfare to “degrade our democratic values and weaken our alliances,” the nation’s top intelligence official said Tuesday.

“Frankly, the United States is under attack,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee, adding that every facet of society is being targeted with cyber intrusions.

In strong language, Coats said Russia President Vladimir Putin has been emboldened by Russia’s successful interference in the 2016 elections and is targeting the 2018 election cycle.

“There should be no doubt that (Putin) views the past effort as successful,” Coats said.

The national intelligence director’s comments come against the backdrop of continuing congressional and criminal investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether the Kremlin coordinated their activities with President Trump’s campaign.

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UP, Bihar LS by-elections on March 11

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New Delhi, Feb 9: By-Polls in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur and Phulpur and Bihar’s Araira Lok Sabha constituencies will take place on March 11, the Election Commission announced today. 

The counting of votes will be held on March 14.

The by-elections in Uttar Pradesh were necessitated after Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath became the Chief Minister, while Phulpur MP Kehsav Prasad Maurya was appointed the Deputy Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, Araria seat fell vacant after the death of Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Mohammad Taslimuddin.

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