Prelims Syllabus : P8 Elections Mains Syllabus : GS2N Important aspects of governance, transparency
Why in News:
- Leaders of Opposition parties will meet Election Commission (EC) officials to urge the panel to spell out the mechanisms to address any mismatch between voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) and electronic voting machine (EVM) tallies during the counting of votes.
- Opposition parties had suggested that if there is a discrepancy, then the votes of the entire Assembly segment should be counter-checked with the VVPAT machines.
- It is said that any discrepancy would raise a doubt on the integrity of the entire electoral process and the EC is yet to bring out the guidelines it promised.
- Voter verifiable paper audit trial (VVPAT) is an independent system attached to an EVM that allows the voters to verify that their votes are cast as intended.
- When a vote is cast, a slip is printed on the VVPAT printer containing the serial number, name and symbol of the candidate voted.
- This remains visible to you through a transparent window for seven seconds.
- Thereafter, this printed slip automatically gets cut and falls into a sealed drop box. If there is a need, these printouts can later be counted.
- It is intended as an independent verification system for EVM designed to
- • allow voters to verify that their votes are casted correctly,
- • detect possible election fraud or malfunction and
- • Provide a means to audit the stored electronic results.
Advantages in VVPATs:
- Enables to verify vote: Instant feedback to voter that vote polled has been allocated to the intended candidate.
- Enables authorities to count the votes manually if there is a dispute in the electronically polled votes. Operates under a Direct Recording Election system (DRE) which detects fraud and existent malfunctions. Will ensure greater transparency in voting process.
- Gives both the voters and political parties an assurance.