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EC sets up teams to probe VVPAT mismatch in Lok Sabha election -Damini Nath

-The Hindu

Of 1.25 crore votes counted, 51 did not match, says panel

New Delhi:
After reports of mismatches between the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips and the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) count in eight cases during the Lok Sabha election, the Election Commission has set up teams to probe seven of the cases.

Of the 1.25 crore VVPAT slips counted, 51 or 0.0004% of the total saw a mismatch, according to facts shared by the EC on July 21.

The EC on Wednesday ordered the Chief Electoral Officers to analyse the mismatches. In one of the cases pertaining to Manipur, the enquiry team was not set up as an election petition has been filed, an EC official said on Thursday.

Another EC source said the teams were given 10 days to analyse the mismatch.

The orders cited a May 21 letter by the EC that said thorough probes would be conducted in case of a mismatch of VVPAT slips and electronic results to ascertain the technological, procedural, systemic and human errors or lapses in compliance. These could include the possibility of returning officers not clearing the mock votes and manual errors while tallying the VVPAT slips.

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