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Maharashtra State Election Commission to use VVPAT machines in Nanded district municipal elections

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New Delhi, Oct 4: The Maharashtra State Election Commission on Wednesday announced that it will use Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail  (VVPAT) machines in upcoming Nanded district municipal elections which is scheduled to be held on October 11.

The VVPAT machines will be implemented in ward no.2 which has 37 polling station in Nanded district civic elections, on pilot basis, news agency ANI reported.

Last month, Gujarat Election Commission also made the announcement about the usage of over 75,000 VVPAT gadgets in forthcoming assembly polls in Gujarat.

Besides, Gujarat and Maharashtra the machines would be used in the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections.

A VVPAT machine is basically a printer, which is either attached to the ballot or control unit according to length of the connecting wire. The gadget has a outlet from where the voter casts his vote. After this a paper slip containing the poll symbol and name of the candidate is printed through the machine. It allows the voter to verify his/her choice. After being visible to the voter from a glass case in the VVPAT for seven seconds, then the paper slip will fall directly into the collection box below.

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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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