2nd phase of EVM randomization held at Kathua

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KATHUA: The second phase of randomization of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) was held on Friday here under the supervision of the Returning Officer for Udhampur Parliamentary Constituency Vikas Kundal.
Election Observers, Uma Kant Umrao, Kanti Lal Umap and Jenu Devan besides representatives of contesting candidates were also present on the occasion.
EVM and VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) machines selected and allotted to assembly constituencies in the first phase of randomization were allocated to polling stations.
A total of 100, 154, 197, 194 and 208 each of Control Units, Ballot Units and VVPATs were allotted to Bani, Basholi, Billawar, Hiranagar and Kathua segments of the Parliamentary Constituency, respectively.
Each segment has also been allotted a reserved 20 per cent of EVMs to take care of exigencies.
The allotment of EVMs in both the first and the second phase randomizations was made through the EVM Management Software (or EMS).
The downloaded list of these machines allotted to polling stations was also shared with all contesting political parties and candidates.
On the occasion, the RO highlighted the importance of the randomization process which he said is to ensure free and fair polls involving no human intervention. Earlier, he briefed the representatives about the randomization process.
Among others present were Nodal Officer for EVM, Sanjeev Rai, Nodal Officer for SVEEP, Amar Jyoti Raina, Deputy DEO, Ashwani Kumar, ENT, Abdul Latif and Nodal Officer for Computerization, Sourav Bhandari.