The Himachal Pradesh Election Department on Thursday completed the first level checking of all the 11,000 electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the state – a mandatory requirement before Election Commission of India announces the Assembly poll schedule.
All the existing data was deleted from the EVMs before they were sealed in presence of representatives of the political parties.
A second level checking and random checks will be conducted before the EVMs are handed over to polling parties before the elections, Himachal Chief Electoral Officer Narinder Chauhan said,adding that all major mandatory pre-poll tasks will be completed in the next 10 days.
The EC is also working on maximising voter registration so that the average polling could be raised to 80 per cent.
The new voters can get themselves registered till the late date of filing of the nomination, he said,adding that 65,122 new voters have already been registered.
The total number of registered voters in the state are 45,15,604 – 23,14,235 males and 22,01,369 females.
The election department is now busy giving final touches to micro-level preparations,which includes setting up of different district level committees,including media panel to monitor paid news and a vigilance committees to keep eye on daily expenditure of the candidates.