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23 August 2013

Mizoram Moves EC For Paper Trail of Votes

By Chetan Chauhan

New Delhi, Aug 23 : The Election Commission has a new demand to fulfill from the north-east. Mizoram, which is going to polls this year in Nov-Dec, wants the voting on voter verifiable paper trail system (VVPAT).

Through the system the voters can see whom they have cast their vote on a small screen attached with the electronic voting machines (EVM).

The system was developed by a team of experts led by former IIT professor PV Indiresan to allay fears of political parties that EVMs can be doctored without the voter knowing about it.

After years of work, the commission has finalised a prototype, which would be used for the first time in a by-election in Nagaland on September 4. The commission would provide two VVPAT machines for each polling booth so that voting is not disrupted in case of a technical glitch.

“The machine will not fail if handling is perfect,” election commissioner HS Brahma told HT. “The pilots have shown that the machines works seamlessly”.

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