Chandigarh, May 12: As many as 90 strong rooms have been set up at 30 locations in Haryana to keep safe the EVMs and VVPAT machines after completion of voting.
Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) would remain deputed outside the strong rooms with CCTVs keeping an eye inside the strong rooms, Joint Chief Electoral Officer Dr Inder Jeet said here on Sunday.
He said that the strong rooms have been set up as per the directions of Election Commission(EC). As per the directions of EC, the Returning Officer would visit the strong room thrice. Videography would be carried out of the entire process of keeping the EVMs and VVPAT machines in the strong room and sealing it.
The strong room would have only one door and if it has more than one, then all other doors and windows would be sealed except one. The strong room will be double locked and it would have three-tier security system, he added.
Dr Inder Jeet said that facilities such as toilet, drinking water and shed would be provided to candidates and their election agents outside the strong room. He said that log book would be kept for maintaining the record of incoming and outgoing people from the strong room. The log book would be maintained by the Returning Officer or District Electoral Officer, he added.
He said that as per the directions of the EC, the strong room can be opened only in case of emergencies such as outbreak of fire, flood or earthquake, but it would be necessary to inform the Commission and take prior approval. In case of emergency, the EVMs and VVPAT machines would be shifted from strong room to some other place in the presence of Returning Officer, District Electoral Officer, candidates or their election agents and CAPF. Videography would be carried out of this entire process, he added.