Cabinet May Take Call On Paper Trail Machines for Poll Commission Today

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Cabinet May Take Call On Paper Trail Machines for Poll Commission Today

VVPAT is a machine which dispenses a slip with the party symbol voted by a person.

New Delhi:  The Union Cabinet is likely to take a call today on procuring paper trail machines for the Election Commission which wants to use them in all polling stations in the next Lok Sabha elections.

The item 'procurement of VVPAT units' has been listed on the agenda of the Union Cabinet scheduled to meet this morning.

Since June, 2014, the Commission has given at least 11 reminders to the government seeking funds for VVPAT machines.

Last year, Mr Zaidi had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi drawing his attention to the funds needed for the machines. The Supreme Court has asked the Commission to give a tentative timeframe by which it can use VVPAT machines in all polling stations.

The EC says two PSUs -- ECIL and BEL -- need 30 months to produce the over 16 lakh VVPATs.

The BSP, the AAP and the Congress had attacked the EC for allegedly using "tampered" EVMs. Sixteen parties, not including the AAP, had recently petitioned the EC to revert to paper ballot system for greater transparency.

VVPAT is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip drops in a box but the voter cannot take it home.

The voters see voter-verifiable paper audit trail slip for seven seconds, which would be an acknowledgement receipt for the party they voted for in the election. 

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