Election Commission to Bring in VVPATs Along with EVMs in All Polling Stations for 2019 LS Polls

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The Election Commission on Sunday said that the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) will be utilized in all surveying stations alongside EVMs amid the 2019 Lok Sabha surveys to be held in seven stages from April 11. The tallying of votes will happen on May 23.

The issue has been a combative one, with resistance parties over and over charging that EVMs are or possibly can be conceivably altered.

CEC Sunil Arora included that vehicles introduced with GPS trackers and versatile based following framework would likewise be used for the transportation of hold EVMs and VVPATs. “There will be stringent security standards for capacity, treatment of VVPATs. After episodes, new SOPS issued for last mile transportation, including checking by GPS, including save as well,” he said.

With this, authorities said that the development of EVMs and VVPATs could likewise be followed, yet at an expense. “It could prompt postponements in proclaiming results,” conceded an authority.

The survey board has trained that start to finish development of all hold EVMs and VVPATs will be cautiously checked consistently, for which vehicles of division officers, with save EVMs and VVPATs, will be fitted with GPS following framework.

A month ago, pioneers from 21 restriction gatherings met the EC and raised the issue while contending that these worries were additionally present among voters. AAP representative Saurabh Bhardwaj told News18, “We have requested of the EC, that any 20 percent of VVPAT slips in each body electorate be confirmed with the EVMs results to evacuate any questions about its working and viability.”

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