Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Electronics | By Lorenzo Hawkins

EC to monitor delivery of VVPATs before 2019 LS elections

EC to monitor delivery of VVPATs before 2019 LS elections

The VVPAT is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for.

Jaitley announced that the Cabinet allowed the Election Commission to purchase 16,15,000 VVPAT units at an estimated cost of Rs. 3173.47 crore, the expense of which would be distributed between two financial years i.e. 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Civil Appeal No.9093/2013 was filed by Dr. Subramanian Swamy pleading for directions to the Election Commission to use VVPAT Units in all polling booths. Legal CorrespondentNew Delhi, April 18The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today moved the Delhi High Court pleading for the use of second generation electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the April 23 elections to the Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD).

The latest one, sent on March 22, stated that procurement of EVMs with Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) can not be delayed any longer given the prevailing environment.

According to a senior Election Commission officer, a maximum of 80,000 VVPAT machines will be required in these two states.

August 14, 2013: Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 was amended to facilitate the introduction of VVPAT units.

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Since 2013, when the Supreme Court ordered the EC to implement the VVPAT system in a phased manner, the commission has been requesting the fund for a long time now and regarding this they have written a letter to the Law minister on March 22.

'In the 2014 parliamentary elections, I had raised objections. Subsequently, order for 67,000 additional Units was placed in 2015, out of which 33,500 Units have been supplied by the manufacturers.

Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, finance minister Arun Jaitley said VVPATs would bring more transparency in the voting process.

Voters will be able to verify if their ballot was correctly registered in all elections after September 2018, including the Lok Sabha polls of 2019.

"Commission will ensure total compliance of orders of SC and its commitment to use VVPATs with every EVM at all poll stations in 2019 polls", the EC was quoted as saying by ANI. It can be used to resolve any dispute regarding the election.

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