Paper audit trail in 1,062 Kerala booths

Published - May 13, 2016 01:57 am IST - Thiruvananthapuram:

As many as 1,062 polling booths in 12 Assembly constituencies in Kerala will have electronic voting machines equipped with voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) units to provide feedback to the voter on the ballot and ensure the transparency of the electoral process.

An official press note issued here said the VVPAT unit attached to the machine would display the candidate’s name, serial number and symbol on a slip as soon as the vote is cast. After seven seconds, the slip would detach itself and fall into the VVPAT unit. The slip cannot be accessed by the voter.

The VVPAT-equipped EVMs will be deployed in select booths in the constituencies of Kannur, Kozhikode North, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Thrikkakara, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Kollam, Vattiyoorkavu and Nemom.

The Chief Electoral Officer, Kerala, has directed political parties to distribute slips to voters only on white paper.

The slips should not carry the name of the candidate or party or the allotted symbol.

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