EC EVM challenge concludes: CEC Nasim Zaidi rules out paper ballot system

The Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) provides feedback to voters, allowing the voters to verify if their vote has gone to the intended candidate.

By: Express News Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 3, 2017 10:34 pm
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Ruling out any possibility of going back to the paper ballot system, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi on Saturday said paper trail machines will bring in more transparency in future elections.  “Once the EVMs are used with VVPATs (or paper trail machines) where a voter can see (cross check) the vote he has cast, it will usher in more transparency. Then there is no scope of going back to ballot (paper) system,” he said as he concluded the EVM challenge.

The Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) provides feedback to voters, allowing the voters to verify if their vote has gone to the intended candidate. The voters see voter-verifiable paper audit trail slip for seven seconds. The slip then drops in a box but the voter cannot carry it away.

Naism Zaidi also mentioned that in all future elections VVPAT machines would be attached to all EVMs. On April 19, Centre also announced that an amount of Rs 3,173 crores has been approved to acquire 16.15 lakh VVPAT machines. Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat polls due to be held in 2017 will see VVPAT machines being used.

Back in April, the Election Commission received a memorandum from 16 political parties demanding that the paper ballot system be reintroduced for greater transparency during elections.

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    NARANAT
    Jun 4, 2017 at 1:53 pm
    1. It is a pity that the ECI & peac0ak judges of this country r above any scrutiny. 2. By showing 3 EVMs this CEC is claiming all the 15lakh EVMs r tamper proof. Whom he is trying to fool? 3. HC judges r giving verdicts in hours to support Hinduthva when their usual practice is to sit even on open-and-shut cheque cases for min 10 years. For Hundutva issue judges r even ready for midnight trails. 4. A man was lynched for goat meat, the judges were sleeping. A Govinda Swamy raped an OBC girl, judges were busy to save the rapist cause there was a "Swamy" in his last name. A dalit family & children were burned alive, judges were silent. People carry dead on shoulder, judges were enjoying. Patients r pulled by their leg no judge took suomoto. UP CM banned meat uncons utionally, judges forgot to react. But when a cow was slaughtered for food judges r panic & woke up in arms with shameless pea theories. Y only a COW can ignite fire beneath the tails of these CasteHindu peac0ak judges?
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      sharma
      Jun 4, 2017 at 6:22 am
      WHAT HAPPENS IF A VOTER OR VOTERS COMPLAIN THAT HTE VVPAT DID NOT SHOW THE CORRECT SLIP. THEN WE GO FOR A RECOUNT AFTER INTERVENTION FROM COURTS. MY MIND BOGGLES??? THESE POLITICOS SPECIALLY THE LOSERS ARE AMORAL AND THRIVE ON UP A PERFECTLY GOOD SYSTEM.
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        Vikas
        Jun 4, 2017 at 2:48 am
        VVPT machine could show paper for 7 seconds but the actual vote may still go to party which has tampered the EVM. There are almost 1000s ways of EVM tampering most of them by changing few lines of codes and Election is stolen.
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          Peter
          Jun 4, 2017 at 2:45 am
          it means election will never be free and fair until paper ballots come back like USA, Canada, Germany, an, and 150 other countries who do not trust EVM.
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            MyTake
            Jun 4, 2017 at 1:00 am
            If any improvement is required EC can engage an expert panel to come up with suggestions to make the system foolproof. EC can invite technical experts along with representative of each major party to give their suggestions. Right now EC is doing a commendable job by embracing new technologies to address an age old problem of ghost voting and votes being hijacked, Bollywood style!
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              MyTake
              Jun 4, 2017 at 12:55 am
              Online voting should be introduced, using app and Adhar ID to slowly do away, even with EVM to get rid of Mullahs (who do not follow any logic) in politics . If one can use Internet for banking and tax why not voting?
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                MyTake
                Jun 4, 2017 at 12:49 am
                Mafia is trying all avenues to bring back paper ballots because it can be hijacked and ghost voters can parti te in support of them. A sensible opposition would have come out and suggest modification, if any, to improve the system but no, they want their old life style back. People should spot these mafia and goons and give the appropriate answer when the opportunity comes. They should be decimated.
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                  Pitambar Sharma
                  Jun 4, 2017 at 12:43 am
                  All the barking dogs did not show up for the real test as they knew that they could not manipulate the EVMs.
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