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Gujarat To be First Big State to use EVMs with VVPAT

Published on October 02, 2017
Gujarat is all set to become the second state after Goa to use the VVPAT system for assembly elections

Gujarat To be First Big State to use EVMs with VVPAT

  • Electronic voting machines with voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) facility will be used during the upcoming Gujarat elections.
  • The Election Commission (EC) will conduct an awareness drive to make people familiar with these VVPAT machines
  • VVPAT machines will be attached to the EVMs
  • These machines will allow voters to verify if their vote has gone to the intended candidate.
  • This would ensure transparency in the voting process
  • Goa was the first state that used VVPAT machines in elections

About VVPT

  • Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is a method of providing feedback to voters.
  • It’s completely an independent verification system.
  • It is a printer-like machine attached to every EVM that allows voters to verify that their vote has been cast correctly.
  • Once a voter presses button of his choice in the EVM, a printed paper appears containing the name of the candidate and poll symbol so that he can verify it.
  • After the voter views the receipt it goes inside a container linked to the EVM, which can be accessed only by the polling officers.
  • This latest system is one step further towards prevention of electoral fraud.
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