New voting system leaves a paper trail

  • Snehil Sinha, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Oct 16, 2014 11:37 IST

For the first time, Gurgaon voters could see who they have voted for immediately after casting their votes, courtesy Election Commission of India’s (ECI) initiative to ensure transparency in the polling procedure.

The commission introduced Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPAT) in the assembly elections held in Haryana and Maharashtra on Wednesday. The system was introduced as a pilot project in 19 constituencies from both states with six in Haryana and 13 in Maharashtra.

As per the VVPAT system, after a person presses a button on the EVM, a printer generates a printed slip with the details of the chosen candidate and his symbol.

The slip is displayed for seven seconds to the voter and is then cut off and passed into a sealed black container so that it is not visible to others.

“It is a move towards improving technology in the electoral process and ensuring transparency so that complaints by voters of faulty EVMs can be addressed. The system has been used earlier in other states but was introduced in Haryana for the first time,” said Shrikant Walgad, chief electoral officer,
Haryana. The system was introduced in Gurgaon, Rohtak, Karnal, Sonepat, Panipat and Thanesar.

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