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Elections 2019: Voting Machines to bear photos of candidates

To avoid confusion among the voters, the Election Commission (EC) said the electronic voting machines (EVMs) and postal ballot papers will have the photographs of the candidates contesting the polls. 
 
The EC announced the seven-phase election schedule starting from April 11 to May 19 and said that the provision for printing the photographs of the candidates was aimed at helping the voters avoid confusion over candidates having similar names contesting from the same constituency.
 
To enable this, the EC asked the candidates to submit their recent stamp-size photographs as per the specification of the election authority. The EC also reminded that India had conducted the polls with photo electoral rolls, for the first time, in 2009. At that time, J&K, Assam and Nagaland did not have photo electoral rolls.
 
Now, all the states and UTs have photo electoral rolls and photographs of 99.72 per cent electors had already been printed in the rolls. Over 99.36 pc electors have been given EPIC.
 
This percentage is likely to increase in the coming days with several states and UTs reporting to have covered 100 pc of the voters. The official voter slip having the photo of the elector will be distributed at least 5 days before the polling date, the EC said.

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