Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 22:
The Energy department of the Odisha government has asked four distribution companies (discoms) operating in the state to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the 64 strong rooms across the state where Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are stored.
Additional secretary, Energy department CP Mohanty, in a letter addressed to the chief executive officers of the four discoms- Cesu, Nesco, Wesco and Southco, said; “Necessary steps may please be taken immediately to ensure uninterrupted power supply at the strong room locations during the entire period wherein polled EVMs are being stored in consultation with the concerned district election officers and collectors”.
The nodal officer for elections NK Nayak had written to the Energy secretary requesting for a directive to the concerned discoms for ensuring uninterrupted power supply to the strong rooms where polled EVMs are being stored for the entire period till the counting of votes are over.
In accordance with the instructions of the Election Commission, the office of the chief electoral officer (CEO) here had laid emphasis on foolproof security of the EVMs as well as ensuring uninterrupted power supply to the strong rooms storing the machines.
The polled EVMs are stored in 64 strong room locations across the state.