Bhubaneswar: In order to create awareness among people on the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) system, mock polls began in Odisha from today.
The month-long special drive is planned to create awareness among the citizens about the use of the EVMs and VVPATs in the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state.
Under the drive, about 30 vehicles have been deployed in 10 blocks of eight assembly constituencies in Khurda district.
The awareness programme will be carried from 8.30 am to 5 pm in each village till February 10. Two members have been deployed in each vehicle. As many as 17 vehicles have been allocated for Bhubaneswar while 13 vehicles allocated for Khurda district.
The campaign was flagged off by collector Nirmal Chandra Mishra at Bhubaneswar camp office. Additional district collectorate Manoj Kumar Behera, BDO, DIPRO and SDPO were also present.
Notably, VVPAT machines will be used for the first time in all the 147 assembly segments in Odisha in the forthcoming elections.