Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 13:
The electronic voting machines (EVM), which store the fate of the candidates in the first phase polls in Odisha held on April 10 , have been kept under tight and foolproof security at the schools, colleges and government offices in the constituencies where they were used.
The EVMs have been kept under double locks inside rooms that have a single door, as per the directive of the Election Commission of India (ECI).
While one key is with the official in charge of the room, the other is with an official of the rank of an additional collector.
The EVM rooms, having uninterrupted power supply, are fitted with fire extinguishers and CCTV cameras with a 24-hour watch by the CRPF personnel.
A senior police official and a gazetted officer have been entrusted to monitor security measures in and around the EVM rooms while the Returning Officer, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and Election Observers would supervise the arrangements at regular intervals.
Besides, temporary camps have been set up near the EVM centres for representatives of the party candidates to keep a watch over the EVM rooms, sources in the office of the CEO said.