In the upcoming municipal elections, there are going to be two EVMs (electronic voting machine) — a 'pink' EVM for the mayoral candidates and a 'white' one for those contesting as corporators. This is for the first time that EVMs are being used for the local body elections.
Showing prototype of the machines on Wednesday at the collectorate, the collector Akash Tripathi said the NOTA provision will be present in both the EVMs and will be at the end of the list of names.
The names of the mayoral candidate would be on a pink paper which would be placed inside the EVM’s display screen and the names of the contesting corporators would be on a white sheet of paper, he said.
Both the EVMs would be placed side by side in the polling booth. When the button of the first EVM is pressed - either the mayoral or one for the corporator, there will be a small beep, and when the button of the second EVM is pressed there will be a long beep denoting that the voting process has been complete.
However, if the voter wants he/she has the option of voting for only the mayoral candidate or only for the corporator candidate by pressing the requisite EVM button and coming out of the booth.
If he does so, he will be informed by the presiding officer that he has not used both the EVMsv - just to ensure that he has not done so by mistake - and if the voter informs that he has done so deliberately, his vote for the segment he has voted for will be counted and the segment he has not voted will stand cancelled.
At present there are 15 slots in the EVM machine, including that of NOTA and in case there are 16 candidates, then another EVM machine will be put alongside the first EVM machine. The administration has estimated that they would be using around 2,400 EVM machines.