SC seeks EC, Centre’s response on ‘full rely’ of VVPAT slips

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The Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is an unbiased vote verification system which allows an elector to see whether or not his vote was forged appropriately.

In a big improvement, the Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Election Commission and the Centre on a plea looking for a whole rely of VVPAT slips in polls versus the present follow of verification of solely 5 randomly-selected EVMs by means of VVPAT paper slips.

The Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is an unbiased vote verification system which allows an elector to see whether or not his vote was forged appropriately.

The VVPAT generates a paper slip which may be considered by the voter and the paper slip is stored in a sealed cowl and may be opened in case of a dispute.

The high court docket, on April 8, 2019, had ordered the ballot panel to extend the quantity of EVMs that bear VVPAT bodily verification from one to 5 per meeting phase in a parliamentary constituency.

A bench comprising justices B R Gavai and Sandeep Mehta took observe of the submissions of legal professionals representing activist Arun Kumar Agrawal looking for a whole rely of VVPAT slips in elections versus the verification of solely 5 randomly-selected EVMs by means of VVPAT paper slips.

It issued notices to the Election Commission (EC) and the central authorities on the plea which can be listed for listening to on May 17.

Senior lawyer Gopal Sankaranarayanan and advocate Neha Rathi appeared for Agrawal.

The plea assailed the EC’s guideline that mandates that VVPAT verification shall be executed sequentially, one after the opposite.

The plea stated if simultaneous verification is completed and extra officers are deployed for counting in every meeting constituency, then full VVPAT verification may be executed in a matter of five-six hours.

The authorities has spent almost Rs 5,000 crore on buy of almost 24 lakh VVPATs however presently, VVPAT slips of solely roughly 20,000 VVPATs are verified, it stated.

Given that many questions are being raised by consultants with regard to VVPATs and EVMs and the truth that a big quantity of discrepancies between EVM and VVPAT vote rely have been reported prior to now, it’s crucial that every one VVPAT slips are counted and a voter is given a possibility to correctly confirm that his vote as forged within the poll can also be counted by permitting him to bodily drop his/her VVPAT slip within the poll field, the plea stated.

The high court docket issued the discover and tagged it with pending issues on the problem.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by DNA employees and is printed from PTI)


Nilesh Desai
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