Puducherry, Apr 7 UNI | 4 months ago

With 33 candidates in fray on scrutiny of nominations, the Election department is here gearing up for using two or more Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to ensure that all candidates were accommodated so that the public could choose their elected representative.

According to Election Department sources, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has been informed about the total number of candidates in the contest here.

The sources said one EVM would have the names of 16 candidates, including the None of The Above (NOTA) option.

If the number of candidates was 31 after withdrawal, then these names could be accommodated using two EVMs.

"But if the number of candidates was 32 or more then we have to use three ballot units to accommodate all," the sources pointed out.

"We are prepared for any eventuality even if the number of candidates is more," the sources said, adding a final picture would emerge after the withdrawal of nominations.

Union Minister V Narayanasamy (Congress), R Radhakrishanan (AINRC), M V Omalingam (AIADMK), AMH Nazeem (DMK), RKR Anantharaman (PMK), R Viswanathan (CPI) former MP Dr Ramadass (independent) are some of the candidates in fray for the lone Lok Sabha seat in Puducherry.

(Posted on 07-04-2014)