Election Commission ducks issue of greater VVPAT usage -Devesh K Pandey

-The Hindu

Poll panel to act after report from expert panel.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Sunday said the committee of experts from the Indian Statistical Institute, constituted to determine a feasible threshold for counting of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips, would submit its report before the conclusion of the Lok Sabha election process.

In February, leaders of Opposition parties had approached the Election Commission (EC) expressing concerns over the possibility of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) being tampered with. They demanded that 50% of the EVM results be matched and cross-checked with VVPAT slips before declaring the Lok Sabha election results.

Responding to a query, Mr. Arora said the political parties had given the EC a memorandum to that effect. Stating that the matter was also pending in the Supreme Court, he said the EC had started counting VVPAT slips at one polling station per Assembly constituency.

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The Hindu, 10 March, 2019, https://www.thehindu.com/elections/lok-sabha-2019/election-commission-ducks-issue-of-greater-vvpat-usage/article26488984.ece?homepage=true

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