From the use of third generation Electronic Voting Machines to all-women managed pink booths, the assembly elections in Karnataka are engulfed with several firsts.
As the uproar over the alleged vulnerability of EVMs towards tampering grew out of hand, the Election Commission has come up with the ‘M3 EVMs’ that are tamper-proof and completely shut down when attempts are made to interfere with it. According to sources in the office of the chief electoral officer, the machine has features like display of battery status and digital certification. It can even detect a malfunction in the system on its own, they said.
In a huge step towards women empowerment, 450 “pink booths” called ‘Sakhi’ have been set up all across the state. These entities are entirely managed by women, right from the returning officer to the security personnel.
Adding to this theme of colours, the EC has set up ethnic polling booths in Mysuru, Chamarajnagar and Uttar Kannada districts, where polling booths match the lifestyle of tribal population living there.