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 India (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. 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,” said the DC. 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.
Sources said that two public sector undertakings – Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bangalore, and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), Hyderabad, had developed these techniques, which had been successfully used in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh on a pilot run.