Election Commission announced that it would logistically possible to hold Lok Sabha and the State Assembly elections from September 2018. They also added that it is up to the government to take a decision and make the legal amendments for it. According to the sources, the commission had recently announced the Voter Verifiable paper audit Trail machines for the future elections in the place of electronic voting machines.
As per the reports of the election commission, the poll body has placed the order for the machines and will get 40 lakh Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail machines by September 2018. And the BJP is pushing for the simultaneous elections to state assemblies and Lok Sabha, not all political parties approved the idea.
The election commission also unveiled the online application known as Electoral Registration officer network that will help to conduct elections. It will automatically detect the duplicate voters. On the opposition front, several parties claimed that the Electronic Voting Machines currently in use are rigged in favour of the incumbent BJP. The parties like Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and BSP ( Bahujan Samaj Party) have insisted that the machines were operated in the last assembly elections. And now EC will use the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail machines for the elections. The Electronic Voting Machines and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail machines are manufactured by the Bharat Electronics Limited and the Electronics Corporation of India Limited.
Loksabha & Vidhan sabha elections can be taken together, likely in September 2018 if Govt decides says Election Commission.
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