Latest inspections find EVM components missing from safe rooms in few MP

first_imgBhopal: Latest inspections have found that Ballot Unit (BU) and Detachable Memory Module (DMM), which act as key components of an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), are missing from safe rooms in a few districts of Madhya Pradesh, according to RTI documents. However, the RTI did not specify whether the EVMs were used in the last elections in the state. These inspection reports were prepared during April and June this year and provided to RTI applicant Ajay Dubey who had sought details from the State Election Commission of the latest reports received from district administrations on security and management of EVMs. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Nine DMMs were found missing during the inspection of EVMs store room in Umaria, the reply said, without mentioning any reason behind it. The Detachable Memory Module is an extra memory of the EVM which can be detached from the machine and stored separately. According to Master Stock Register (MSR), there were supposed to be 2,709 DMMs in a strong room at a government polytechnic college in Narsinghpur district. During inspection, 2,508 DMMs were not found, according to the reply given by the district administration. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah In a note, the Narsinghpur district authority said 687 DMMs, which were not used in elections (without mentioning what polls they are referring to), were sent to the commission’s office and those used in elections were sent to ECIL, Hyderabad for disposal. There are 201 DMMs available in the store room, the administration of Narsinghpur district said, without mentioning details of other missing EVMs. Nine Ballot Units were not found during the inspection of a strong room in Bhind district, the RTI reply said. A ballot unit is is a small box-like device, on top of which each candidate and his/her election symbol is listed like a big ballot paper. The voter polls his vote by pressing the blue button against the name of his desired candidate. Errors were found in 13 Control Units and 16 Ballot Units, during pre-first level checks, in May 2018, and they were not rectified by engineers sent by commission, said a copy of the report dated May 21, 2019 by Bhind district to the State Election Commission. In Mandsaur, eight BUs were found missing and one DMM was missing in Shajapur district, according to the RTI reply. A total of 26 DMMs were found missing in a strong room at Old Collector Bhavan, Balaghat district, it said, adding that 11 and 28 BUs were not found in the store room in Sagar and Gwalior districts, respectively. There were districts like Ashoknagar, Shahdol, Dhar, Seoni, Shivpuri and Anuppur where all Control Units and Ballot Units were accounted for. “A thorough probe is needed to immediately trace missing Control Units, Ballot Units or DMMs. It poses a serious security concern over the safety of EVMs,” said Dubey. There were some district administrations like Bhopal and Rewa, who have not submitted the inspection reports, he said.last_img read more

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War of 1812 commemorative coin swap at Brock on Monday

The Royal Canadian Mint is hold a coin swap at Brock on Monday for people to trade old coins for new 1812 commemorative ones. The Royal Canadian Mint has created five circulation coins to commemorate the defining moments of the War of 1812.And representatives from the Mint will be at Brock University on Monday, Oct. 15 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the war with a coin exchange in Guernsey Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Staff and students are invited to trade in their pocket change at face value for the new coins.Today, the Mint unveiled a new circulation quarter honouring the memory of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock. This is the first of four circulation coins that commemorate key historical figures who influenced the fight for Canada from 1812 to 1814.The Royal Canadian Mint was also a sponsor of this year’s General Brock’s October Soirée where guests were provided with a commemorative take away $2-dollar coin of the HMS Shannon.Visit the Mint for more information. read more

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