VVPATs To Be Used In Gujarat : Chief Election Commissioner
Posted On November 29th, 2017, Posted By - Admin
Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti on Wednesday said Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) gadgets with Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) would be used for next month’s Assembly polls in Gujarat and in all future elections.
The machines run on battery and cannot easily be tampered with, the CEC said at a press conference here.
The Election Commission would buy new EVMs and VVPATs before the 2019 Lok Sabha election, he said.
The CEC also said EVMs and VVPATs would be used in all the 3170 polling stations in Tripura where Assembly elections are due early next year.
VVPAT machines, which will be attached to the EVMs, will allow voters to verify if their vote has gone to the intended candidate. This would ensure transparency in the voting process, he said.
Arranging so many VVPAT machines won’t be a problem as a large number of machines have already arrived in the state while the remaining lot will reach soon, he said. The EC has completed revision of electoral rolls and prepared `mother electoral rolls’ (the final rolls which will be used during the election), he said.
Against 2012, there is an increase of around 52 lakh voters (in the last five years). The total number of voters in Gujarat now is 4.33 crore, including 10 lakh new voters (added during the last one year) who will exercise the voting right for the first time,” he said.
Jyoti also said that all weapon holders will have to deposit their licensed weapons with concerned SHO or police station during the election season and they can get them back only once the polling is over.
A high-level EC delegation led by Mr Joti held meetings with representatives of different political parties, the chief secretary, director general of police and chief electoral officer here today.
Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) or Verifiable Paper Record (VPR) is a method of providing feedback to voters using a ballot less voting system. A VVPAT is intended as an independent verification system for voting machines designed to allow voters to verify that their vote was cast correctly, to detect possible election fraud or malfunction, and to provide a means to audit the stored electronic results.
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