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The Bhupesh Baghel government has taken a big decision regarding the Urban Body Election to be held in Chhattisgarh. According to this decision of the government, now EVMs will be replaced with the ballot paper. The government on Tuesday decided to dump Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and go back to ballot paper voting in the upcoming elections to urban local bodies in Chhattisgarh, scheduled to be held in December this year, Asianage reported.

Chhattisgarh would perhaps be the first state in the country to do away with EVMs in favour of ballot paper in the local body polls.

“A Cabinet sub-committee constituted by the Chhattisgarh government to review the current local body polls rules on Tuesday recommended to use ballot paper instead of EVMs in the upcoming urban local body elections, besides holding indirect elections for the posts of mayors and chairpersons of the bodies”, state urban development minister Shiv Daharia, who is a member of the sub-committee, told Asianage.

The Congress has returned to power in Chhattisgarh after a gap of 15 years in the 2018 Assembly elections.

“The electorates in Chhattisgarh have welcomed the decision to use ballot paper in the local body elections after controversy erupted over the use of EVMs in the elections,” Congress spokesperson in Chhattisgarh Sailesh Trivedy said.

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