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(The DMK MP, C. Kuppusami, in a memorandum submitted to the CEC on Friday claimed that some engineers were transferred from divisions falling within the constituency at the behest of the AIADMK).
Appropriate action would be taken in the matter, Mr. Lyngdoh said. Work on revision of electoral rolls was going on as planned and in Tamil Nadu, the process would be completed within a few days. There would be no let-up in the Elector's Photo Identity Card (EPIC) programme.
Claiming that arrangements for using electronic voting machines throughout the country were progressing smoothly, Mr. Lyngdoh said that in all one million EVMs would be needed. The country would have 4 lakh machines by the year-end.
To a query on the advantages of the EVM, he said, "Nothing was foolproof." People who were determined to cheat "will beat even the machines".
While only through legislation could a change could be brought to reduce expenditure incurred by candidates, cutting the cost in the conduct of the elections was not possible as more and more security personnel were needed. In the prevailing scenario, only "resourceful" persons were in a position to contest.
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