Will be ready to hold state, Lok Sabha polls together by Sept 2018: EC

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Bhopal: The Election Commission on Wednesday launched a web-based application, Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) network, aimed at efficient conduct of elections and said it would be “logistically equipped” by September 2018 to hold simultaneous polls for Lok Sabha and assemblies.

The announcement by the poll panel came days after it issued a formal direction that VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) machines will be used at polling stations in all future elections where polls are held using EVMs.

“The Election Commission was asked by the Centre as what it would require for becoming capable of holding the parliamentary and assembly polls together. In response, the EC had asked for funds to purchase new EVMs and VVPAT machines. The commission would be logistically equipped by September, 2018, to hold parliamentary and assembly polls together,” Election Commissioner O P Rawat told a press conference.

At the presser, the poll watchdog unveiled the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) network.Rawat said the commission has already placed the order for the purchase of new EVMs and VVPAT machines after receiving funds from the Centre.

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