The Election Commission of India (ECI) Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that it has approved improvised version of EVMs to additionally maintain paper records of votes. It told the court that these EVMs could be used in elections after proper amendments to the election rules and a consensus among the political parties.
The commission submitted before a bench led by Justice P Sathasivam that trial of Vote Verifier Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in EVMs has been done and approved by the technical committee of experts too. The machines could be used in elections after the Centre approves it and provides funds for its manufacturing.
Senior advocate Ashok Desai,appearing for ECI,said 13 lakh VVPAT machines costing Rs 1,692 crore would be needed for parliamentary polls.
The Conduct of Election Rules,1961,will have to be amended since the rules approve only two units in an EVM,control unit and ballot unit. The VVPAT system has a third unit where a paper trail would follow each time a button is pressed. This paper receipt would then be deposited in a separate box attached with the machine, Desai said.