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Election Commission yet to receive data on VVPAT slips

Officials matching VVPAT slips with EVM result at a counting centre in Punjab on Thursday.

Officials matching VVPAT slips with EVM result at a counting centre in Punjab on Thursday.  

The Election Commission is yet to receive country-wide data on the mandatory matching of Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) results of five random polling booths in each Assembly segment.

“However, given that there are no adverse reports from any segment, presumably there has been a 100% tallying of the EVM votes with the slips. In the previous elections also, no discrepancy was reported in the matching,” said a senior Commission official.

The slips of 20,625 VVPAT machines were counted in over 4,000 Assembly segments falling under the 542 Parliamentary constituencies, as per the Supreme Court directive.

Close watch

The Commission has laid down an elaborate procedure to ensure the integrity of VVPATs and EVMs. They are transported in GPS-fitted vehicles and their movement is kept under constant surveillance.

Before the actual use of EVMs and VVPATs at polling stations, mock polls are conducted on the machines three times. After the exercise, the printed slips from each VVPAT machine are counted and the result is tallied with the electronic result of control unit. The tally is shown to representatives of political parties.

It was on August 14, 2013, that the Conduct of Election Rules was amended and notified to introduce VVPATs. These were first used in the byelection to the Noksen Assembly seat in Nagaland the same year. Then in October 2013, the Supreme Court directed the Commission to introduce the VVPAT in a phased manner.

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