EC makes EVMs ready for polling in TN

Even as the Election Commission of India is set to conduct the phase I election in 20 States and few Union Territories tomorrow, works have started to paste the names and symbols of candidates on the EVMs for phase II which will cover Tamil Nadu.

The Election Commission will deploy 67,000 volunteers across all polling booths on April 18 to help people with disabilities.

Chief electoral officer Satyabrata Sahoo said all district collectors and district electoral officers had been instructed to ensure that there are ramps, wheel chairs and volunteers at all polling booths.

The total value of unaccounted cash, gold, silver, liquor and other materials, seized by the Election Commission squads till Sunday, has crossed Rs 400 crore, of which the value of the unaccounted money was Rs 162.71 crore.

Of this, Rs 52 crore has been returned. Significantly, Tamil Nadu, which topped the list till March, now stands next to Gujarat where the seizure stands at Rs 513.44 crore.

Sahoo told reporters that he had not sent any report but the IT department and the police department had sent confidential reports to the EC.