EC to use VVPAT system in Nagaland by polls
The Election Commission of India has decided to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) for the first time with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in the September, 2013 by-poll to the Noksen Assembly constituency in Nagaland.
The Government of India amended the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 in order to use VVPAT Systems.
What is Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPAT)?
- The VVPAT system is a new initiative of the Election Commission of India to ensure free and fair elections.
- The VVPT will enable voters to see a printout of their ballot thereby displaying the name, election symbol and serial number of the chosen candidate. However the voter will not be permitted take the printout home.
- In case there is a dispute about the voting and a petition is filed, the votes can be tallied electronically and physically with the ballot slips that fall into the compartment.
- The cost of each VVPAT manufactured by Bharat Electronic Ltd. (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India (ECIL) is estimated at about Rs. 12,000.