EVMs draw voters to polling booths in Assam

Updated on Apr 20, 2004 03:42 PM IST

Household chores usually kept Binita away from voting, but this time she ventured out "to see what's an EVM".

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Curiosity about the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) being used across the state for the first time was a motivating factor for many voters to exercise their franchise in Assam during the first phase of polling in six Lok Sabha constituencies on Tuesday.

Binita Barua, a housewife whose household chores usually kept her away from voting, this time however ventured out "to see what is an EVM and how will it work to register my vote".

Her views were echoed by many others who came out to cast their ballot on the machine.

Aman Ahmed, employee in a private concern, similarly voiced his eagerness "to see how my valuable vote is recorded by the EVM".

The enthusiastic accounts of neighbours, friends and relatives about how voting on EVM was so novel from the traditional use of ballot papers, also egged on many to take part in the democratic process.

Hamen Bhuyan, a businessman, said, "my neighbour's excitement at casting his vote on a machine also encouraged me to take time off from my usual busy schedule and also vote".

Untouched by the marvels of modernity and machines, the rural areas where new items always elicit curiosity, the EVM was viewed with both awe and enthusiasm.

Babul Deka, a farmer, said "I am excited that I am not lagging behind and operating a modern machine".

Hamid Ahmed, a village school master, said, it's good that these modern machines for voting have come to our rural areas, too, as then we feel we are a part of the mainstream".

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