More candidates pose EVM shortage

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Shivpuri, MP, Nov 15 (UNI) Presence of large number of candidates in all five assembly segments in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh warranted use of more than one Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in each booth and election officials were finding a shortage of EVMs.

The district has 1,070 polling booths with 1,177 EVMs in stock and Election Commission has sent additional stock of 1,425 EVMs to meet the shortage, election office sources said today, adding with this, the district will have a total stock of about 2,600 EVMs.

Coincidentally, all five assembly constituencies have more than 20 candidates warranting use of more than one EVM in each booth.

In Pichhor constituency, three ballot units will have to be used in each booth as there are a total of 33 candidates. One ballot unit could accommodate a maximum of 16 candidates.

Kolaras has a total of 32 candidates followed by Pohari 31, Shivpuri 25 and Karera 21, sources added.

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