NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it will be able to conduct the Gujarat Assembly elections using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) with the paper trail.
A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar took on record the submission of Election Commission and disposed of a plea seeking direction for use of Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines in the Gujarat Assembly polls. The polls will be held in later this year.
The VVPAT machine is connected with EVMs and dispenses a paper proof for the voters so that they can verify that their vote is cast correctly.
The poll panel in its affidavit said that it will be able to conduct the upcoming Gujarat assembly polls using EVMs with paper trail if it gets 73,500 VVPAT machines by September from the manufacturers.
The Election Commission also clarified that no tampering can be done with the present EVMs.
The poll panel said that around 48,000 units were expected to be delivered by Bharat Electronics Ltd and Electronics Corporation of India Ltd by August 31 while another 25,500 such units would be delivered by September.
Around 70,000 VVPAT units would be required for the Gujarat polls.
“If the said consignment of VVPATs is delivered on time, the Election Commission expects to be able to conduct the elections to the Gujarat legislative assembly completely with the use of VVPATs,” the poll panel told the apex court in its affidavit stating currently it was in possession of 53,500 VVPAT units.