ECI to explore using M3 EVMs to facilitate migrant voters

To explore the option of using a modified version of the time-tested model of M3 EVMs to enable voting at remote polling stations i.e., polling stations outside home constituency, the Election Commission of India (ECI) is now ready to pilot remote voting for the migrant voters.

The ECI in its press communique on Thursday stated, “With the facility of M3 EVMs, the migrant voters need not travel back to their home state to vote.” This modified form of EVM can handle up to 72 multiple constituencies from a single remote polling booth.

“The initiative, if implemented, can lead to a social transformation for the migrants and connect with their roots as many times they are reluctant to get themselves enrolled at their place of work for various reasons such as frequently changing residences, not enough social and emotional connect with the issues of area of migration, unwillingness to get their name deleted in electoral roll of their home/native constituencies as they have permanent residence/property etc.,” it added.

The Commission has invited all recognised eight national and 57 state political parties on 16 January to demonstrate the functioning of the multi-constituency prototype remote EVMs. Technical expert committee members will also be present.

Based on the feedback received from various stakeholders and demonstration of the prototype, the Commission will appropriately carry forward the process of implementing the remote voting method, a press note today said.

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