The Alwar district administration is conducting mock polling across all the 11 constituencies before assembly elections. The reason is to make voters aware of how the electronic voting machine (EVM) and voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) work.

The activity began on October 1 and will end on November 14. This awareness activity is being conducted under SVEEP (systematic voters’ education and electoral participation) program in the district.

There are 2,697 polling booths in Alwar district. The mock voting is being held in two, four-hour shifts – 8 am to noon, and 2 pm to 6 pm, from Monday to Friday. For the program, the election commission has given five EVMs to each constituency. Every day, 10 polling booths are covered in each Assembly segment.

The hi-tech system for voting this time

There are 2.5 million voters in the Alwar district. The polling percentage in the 2013 assembly elections was 76.25%. When the state goes to polls on December 7 this year, the target is 85% in Alwar.

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VVPAT is being used to instill a sense of confidence among voters. They can verify their vote by seeing the slip that will destroy itself in seven seconds.

During the mock polling, the main objective is to impart hands-on training about the working of EVM and VVPAT to all voters. People are mobilized through booth awareness groups at each booth. The program promotes voting and spread awareness among people that why their vote is important.

Election Commission has come up with many innovative awareness programs this time. In the social media age, EC has become tech savvy and utilizing the platform to spread awareness about voting.

Ahead of the assembly elections in December, EC’s campaigns are in full throttle. The mock voting is one of them. Hence, the commission is expecting the better voting percentage out of all the voters in Rajasthan. Rajasthan is going to hold 15th assembly elections of December 7. Election Commission will announce the results of December 11 after vote count on the same day.

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