New Delhi, Sep7: To ensure the required number of EVM VVPAT well in time for general election, the Election Commission of India is making all preparatory arrangements and going to launch EVM management software to manage inventory, an official statement said here on Sunday.
“The mandatory first level checks and training to District Officers are also being ensured to meet the requirement of 100 per cent VVPATs across approximately 10.6 lakh polling stations for the upcoming Lok Sabha Election in 2019”, ECI said.
The EVM VVPAT inventory is securely managed through a robust tracking system to track all operations on machine movement, First Level Checks, randomisation, poll day defects. A more user friendly EVM management Software will be pilot tested in the forthcoming Assembly elections in select districts namely Ajmer, Indore, Durg, Aizawl and Mehboobnagar.
The Commission has been consistently reviewing the status of production and supply of EVMs and VVPATs with the Chiefs of Public Sector Units. Around 22.3 lakh Ballot Units, 16.3 lakh Control Units and nearly 17.3 lakh VVPATs will be used for the forthcoming elections in 2019. This number of machines includes the buffer stock for training as well as replacements.
Addition of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) to the EVM has helped strengthen the voters’ trust and transparency of the voting process. A VVPAT is an independent printer system attached with the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) that allows the voters to verify that their votes are cast as intended. VVPAT slips will be visible to the voter for seven seconds behind the transparent screen of VVPAT, before falling into the sealed compartment at the base of the machine.
So far, VVPATs have been used in 933 State Assembly Constituencies and 18 Parliamentary Constituencies. Till date, VVPATs have been used in all ACs at 100 Per cent polling stations during the General Assembly Elections in 7 States, namely, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Karnataka, held in 2017-18.
Since December 2017 Commission has been suo-moto doing a verification of VVPAT count from one randomly selected Polling Station selected per Assembly Constituency. VVPAT slips of 873 VVPATs machines have been counted till now and each of these has exactly matched the count taken from EVMs.
"The EVMs and VVPATS being used in the ECI election process are manufactured only at the two premium PSUs - Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) under the technical expertise of an independent Technical Expert Committee and supervision of the Election Commission making them absolutely tamper proof", the Commission said in a press release. (UNI)