ECI issues direction for handling and storage of Symbol Loading Units (SLU) in compliance of Supreme Court Order

The Election Commission of India (ECI) issues a new protocol on 1 May 2024 for handling and storing Symbol Loading Units (SLU) in compliance with a Supreme Court order.

  • Under the new guidelines, SLUs are sealed and stored after completing the symbol loading process in VVPATs (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails).
  • SLUs are to be stored along with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for at least 45 days following the declaration of election results.
  • The ECI directs Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) to establish infrastructure to implement the revised protocols.
  • The protocols are applicable to all symbol loading processes in VVPATs from May 1, 2024, onwards.

Q: What is SLU in the context of elections?

a) Single Log Unit
b) Symbol Loading Unit
c) Security Locking Unit
d) Surveillance Logging Unit

Ans : b) Symbol Loading Unit

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