Bihar Panchyat Election: dispute not resolved on EVM procurement, important meeting of SEC and EC today

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The dispute over the purchase of EVMs for the panchayat elections in Bihar has not been resolved yet. However, on the initiative of the Election Commission of India, there will be an official meeting with the State Election Commission on Monday. If there is no consensus between the two constitutional bodies, the entire case will be heard in Patna High Court on 6 April.

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Official sources in the commission said that the petition filed by the State Election Commission in Patna High Court on the dispute related to the supply of multipost EVMs is to be heard on April 6 (Tuesday). At the same time, there was a new twist in this matter on Sunday. The Election Commission of India wrote a letter to the State Election Commission proposing to hold talks in Delhi at 11 am on Monday. In this, the Chief Commissioner of the State Election Commission was invited for talks. Sources said that due to the Chief Commissioner not being able to go to Delhi in such a hurry, the State Election Commission has proposed to hold an online meeting on Monday.

There will be a discussion on giving No Objection Certificate regarding multipost EVMs in the meeting

According to sources, in the meeting to be held on Monday, there will be a discussion on the grant of No Objection Certificate for the supply of multipost EVMs. The Election Commission of India has to issue a No Objection Certificate for ECM supplier company ECIL of Hyderabad. Only then, EVMs can be supplied. According to sources, the Election Commission has not yet taken a clear decision on whether to issue the No Objection Certificate. The State Election Commission is fully willing to abide by the High Court’s judgment.

Through the petition, the Election Commission of India has challenged the letter issued on 21 July 2020, which states that the Election Commission of India before taking the supply and design of EVMs and VVPAT machines for the Election Commission of each state It is necessary to get approval of. According to the State Election Commission, three-tier Panchayati Raj elections require EVM machines with special technology. Which is called Secured Detachable Memory Module System. Hyderabad-based manufacturing company ISIL is ready to supply EVMs of this design.

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