Voters in Maharashtra will, for the first time, receive an acknowledgement confirming the candidate they have voted for, along with the party symbol as soon as the vote has been cast.
The Election Commission has announced the implementation of the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system that will be attached to the EVMs at 3,942 polling stations in 13 assembly constituencies in the state, none of which are in the Mumbai.
The mechanism will be used in Maharashtra for the first time. The mechanism was first introduced in a few constituencies in Kolkata during the Lok Sabha elections this year. To bring in more transparency, the EC intends to introduce the mechanism across the country eventually, with trial runs in Maharashtra and other states soon.
Nitin Gadre, chief electoral officer, also clarified that they had to bring 1.5 lakh EVMs from other states such as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and West Bengal because the ones owned by Maharashtra were as old as manufactured in 2003. The ones that have been brought from the other states are advanced and have been manufactured after 2006. They are compatible for VVPAT and other facilities.