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Paper Audit System on EVMs Likely: CEO

With a view to ensure greater transparency in the voting process, the Election Commission of India (ECI) may introduce Vote Verifier Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system in the upcoming parliamentary election, said Praveen Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer.

Published: 15th February 2014 10:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th February 2014 11:28 AM   |  A+A-

With a view to ensure greater transparency in the voting process, the Election Commission of India (ECI) may introduce Vote Verifier Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system in the upcoming parliamentary election, said Praveen Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer.

Addressing reporters at the district police office after attending a workshop on sensitising the top brass about security arrangements during the polls here on Friday, Kumar said under the VVPAT system, the Electoral Voting Machines (EVMs) would print the serial number, name and the poll symbol of candidate a person had voted for soon after the exercise.

Though the person would not be getting the receipt in hand, he would be able to see the details getting printed through a sheet of glass on the machine. The system would not only ensure voter verification, but also help in auditing (by counting the receipts) if such need arises, the CEO added.

The system, however, would not be introduced in all the constituencies, and the discretion of allocation would reside with the Election Commission of India, he said.

Stating that voting for money would be tantamount to selling one’s future, Kumar said that people should be on guard against such temptations and use their vote judiciously.

When asked about awareness drive on None Of The Above (NOTA) option, he said that the campaign would kick start only after election dates are announced.

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