Almost half of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) have been commissioned for the first phase of polling in West Bengal on April 11, an official said on Tuesday. Also Read - West Bengal: 5 Killed as Boat Capsizes During Durga Idol Immersion in Murshidabad
“The EVM commissioning for parliamentary constituencies Cooch Behar and Alipurduar has started very smoothly,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Sanjay Basu, told reporters here. Also Read - Fact Check: Viral 'Asur' Idol is Not Modelled After Chinese Prez Xi Jinping, But Inspired From Mongolians
Asked whether any of the parties complained about the EVMs, he said: “Almost half the process is complete. None of them had any complaint.” Also Read - Durga Puja Pandals Alerted as IMD Predicts Heavy Rain in Bengal Over Next 2 Days
He said the Flying Squad, Static Surveillance Team, Video Surveillance Team and Expenditure team have been pressed into service for confidence building and ensuring ethical voting.
He added that armed forces will be deployed at all booths.
In a bid to prevent environmental pollution, the CEO, during the all-party meet, had asked the parties to reduce the use of plastic flexes.
West Bengal will see seven-phased polling, scheduled from April 11 to May 19.