Voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT)
The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Election Commission to respond to a plea that the counts from electronic votingmachines and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) units should be cross-verified in at least 30% randomly chosen polling stations in each Assembly and Lok Sabha constituency, especially in light of the Lok Sabha election in May.
About Voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT):
- The Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail is a method that provides feedback to voters.
- It is an independent verification printer machine and is attached to electronic voting machines.
- It allows voters to verify if their vote has gone to the intended candidate.
- It allows the voter to verify his/her choice.
- After being visible to the voter from a glass case in the VVPAT for seven seconds, the ballot slip will be cut and dropped into the drop box in the VVPAT machine and a beep will be heard.
- VVPAT machines can be accessed by polling officers only.
- The petition said the commission had chosen to conduct the cross-verification exercise in an inexplicably minuscule” manner in the recent Assembly elections.
- The fraction of polling stations chosen for such random cross-verification has been inexplicably minuscule (less than 1% of polling stations in each constituency).
- This is manifestly arbitrary, irrational, unreasonable and in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution.