Six constituencies to get newly-introduced vote verifier

  • Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: Sep 24, 2014 14:36 IST

Voters in six assembly constituencies including Karnal and Panipat City, will for the first time have access to the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) at polling stations.

It is a method of providing feedback to voters using a ballot-less voting system.

Karnal deputy commissioner-cum-district electoral officer Balraj Singh told HT that the administration would launch a special awareness drive about the additional procedure introduced by the Election Commission of Indian (EC) for the first time in Haryana.

VVPAT is intended to be an independent verification system for electronic voting machines (EVMs). It allows voters to verify that their votes are cast as intended and can serve as an additional barrier against changing or destroying of votes.

“It is a printer-like gadget linked to the EVM. When a vote is cast, a receipt is generated showing the serial number, name and symbol of the candidate,” said the DC.

“It will confirm the vote and the voter can verify the details on a transparent but sealed panel for about eight seconds. The receipt, once viewed, automatically goes inside a container linked to the EVM and can only be accessed by the election officers in the rarest of rare cases,” the deputy commissioner added.

He clarified that the receipt would not be issued to the voter.

Singh said that experts will synchronise the VVPATs with EVMs. The system will help build confidence among voters that their votes were cast according to their desire, he said.

According to state election authorities, the facility will be extended to all polling booths at Karnal, Panipat City, Thanesar (Kurukshetra) Sonepat, Rohtak and Gurgaon constituencies.

Two PSUs behind technology

Sources said that two public sector undertakings had developed these techniques.

The technology developed by the two public-sector enterprises, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bengaluru, and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), Hyderabad, was tried out successfully in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh elections earlier in a pilot run.

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