ECI sets up teams to probe VVPAT mismatch in Lok Sabha election

The Election Commission of India has set up a panel to examine VVPAT mismatch in Lok sabha election 2019.  This comes in the backdrop of 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 Under the electoral… Continue reading ECI sets up teams to probe VVPAT mismatch in Lok Sabha election

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Tally EVM-VVPAT slips before final counting, Opposition tells EC

Twenty-two Opposition parties have met the Election Commission (EC) demanding that tallying of the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips in five polling booths in each Assembly segment with the electronic voting machines (EVMs) be done prior to the counting of votes. Further, the parties have demanded that if any discrepancy is found anywhere… Continue reading Tally EVM-VVPAT slips before final counting, Opposition tells EC

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Opposition to meet Election Commission on May 21 over VVPAT verification

Leaders of Opposition parties have decided Election Commission (EC) officials on Tuesday to urge the panel to come with detailed guidelines to address any mismatch between voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) and electronic voting machine (EVM) tallies during the counting of votes As per the Supreme Court’s order, The EC will counter-check the VVPAT and… Continue reading Opposition to meet Election Commission on May 21 over VVPAT verification

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EVM, postal ballot counting can be done simultaneously, says ECI

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued directions to the Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) of all the States and Union Territories that the Electronic Voting Machines(EVM) and postal ballot counting can be done simultaneously. The EC said that once the EVM counting is completed,the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail(VVPAT) slips counting can start as… Continue reading EVM, postal ballot counting can be done simultaneously, says ECI

VVPAT: Opposition has a recourse in slip counting

Recently, the Supreme Court has rejected opposition parties’ demand for 50% random physical verification of electronic voting machines using the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT). Instead the Court has directed the Election Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths per assembly segment of a parliamentary constituency or Assembly… Continue reading VVPAT: Opposition has a recourse in slip counting

SC turns down Opposition plea for increased VVPAT verification

The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea of 21 Opposition parties to review its judgment rejecting 50% random physical verification of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) using Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). The review plea had highlighted large-scale tampering and selective malfunctioning of EVMs in the present Lok Sabha polls and demanded at least 25% random… Continue reading SC turns down Opposition plea for increased VVPAT verification

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Court to hear VVPAT review plea next week

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a petition filed by 21 Opposition parties to review its judgment rejecting 50% random physical verification of electronic voting machines using the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT). Earlier the Supreme Court had directed the Election Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling… Continue reading Court to hear VVPAT review plea next week

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EVM, VVPATs’ ‘deviant behaviour’: respond to plea,SC tells ECI

The Supreme Court has sought the Election Commission’s response on a plea which has asked the apex court to strike down Section 49MA under Conduct of Elections Rules,1961. The Election Commission(EC) in his response has defended strict punishment and penalty for questioning Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT).It said that… Continue reading EVM, VVPATs’ ‘deviant behaviour’: respond to plea,SC tells ECI

Opposition moves SC again over VVPAT tally

Opposition parties have filed a review petition in the Supreme Court demanding the counting of at least 50% VVPAT slips. At a press conference, opposition parties have also highlighted instances of EVMs malfunctioning and selective manipulation of the machines which were reported in the polling held in Kerala, Goa and Uttar Pradesh. Recently, the Supreme… Continue reading Opposition moves SC again over VVPAT tally

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Opposition parties to approach SC again to demand verification of 50% votes by VVPATs

Recently, the opposition parties had held a meeting to discuss the issue of EVM malfunctioning that cropped up during the 1st phase of Lok Sabha elections. They have further decided to approach the Supreme Court again to demand that at least 50% of paper trails be verified with EVMs. Recently, the Supreme Court had directed… Continue reading Opposition parties to approach SC again to demand verification of 50% votes by VVPATs

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Increase random checking of VVPAT slips to five per Assembly segment, SC directs Election Commission

The Supreme Court has directed the Election Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths per assembly segment of a parliamentary constituency or Assembly consistency, from one at present. Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is an independent system attached to an EVM that allows the voters to verify… Continue reading Increase random checking of VVPAT slips to five per Assembly segment, SC directs Election Commission

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‘One more official in each booth will cut VVPAT delay’

Opposition parties have argued in the Supreme Court that deployment of one more official and an extra worktable in each polling booth will ‘substantially reduce’ the 5.2-day delay a proposed 50% VVPAT verification will cause. The opposition parties had moved to the SC demanding the random verification of at least 50% Electronic Voting Machines (EVM)… Continue reading ‘One more official in each booth will cut VVPAT delay’

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50% VVPAT verification will delay Lok Sabha election results by 6 days, ECI tells SC

In an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court, the Election Commission has said that increasing VVPAT (Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail) verification to 50% would delay Lok Sabha election results by 6days. The EC’s affidavit in court came in response to a petition by 21 political parties. The plea had demanded the random verification of… Continue reading 50% VVPAT verification will delay Lok Sabha election results by 6 days, ECI tells SC

Supreme Court in favour of increasing random physical verification of VVPATs

The Supreme Court has said that it was in favour of increasing random physical verification of VVPAT in assembly and parliamentary elections. However, the Election commission has been resisting this proposal. The Supreme Court has directed the Election Commission to file an affidavit on 28th march 2019 to explaining the rationality behind restricting physical counting… Continue reading Supreme Court in favour of increasing random physical verification of VVPATs

Indian Statistical Institute submits report on VVPAT to Election Commission

The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) has submitted its report to the Election Commission on the number of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine slips that should be matched with Electronic Voting Machine(EVM) results to enhance voters confidence.At present,VVPAT slips in one randomly chosen polling station per constituency are tallied with EVM results. The report… Continue reading Indian Statistical Institute submits report on VVPAT to Election Commission

SC issues notice to EC on plea to verify at least 50% VVPATS’s

The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Election Commission (EC) on a plea by opposition political leaders. Recently, opposition parties have moved to the SC demanding the random verification of at least 50% Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) using Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in every Assembly segment or constituency. Opposition parties have… Continue reading SC issues notice to EC on plea to verify at least 50% VVPATS’s

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23 Opposition parties move court on EVMs and VVPAT

Opposition parties have moved to the Supreme Court demanding the random verification of at least 50% Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) using Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in every Assembly segment or constituency. Opposition parties have argued that this would increase voter confidence and make the electoral process more transparent. They have contended that free… Continue reading 23 Opposition parties move court on EVMs and VVPAT

Election Commission ducks issue of greater VVPAT usage

The Chief Election Commissioner has said that committee on feasible threshold for VVPAT counting would submit its report before the conclusion of the Lok Sabha election 2019. The Election Commission of India had appointed a high-powered committee from the Indian Statistical Institute to devise a ‘scientific formula’ to arrive at the right percentage and sample… Continue reading Election Commission ducks issue of greater VVPAT usage

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Opposition plans to take VVPAT demand to Supreme Court

Opposition parties are planning to move the Supreme Court over its demand of keeping 50% VVPATs in the counting of election results. The Opposition’s demand is for a count of 50% of the VVPAT slips,as opposed to the current system of counting VVPAT slips in one randomly selected booth of each constituency.It is aimed at… Continue reading Opposition plans to take VVPAT demand to Supreme Court

Audit source code of VVPATs, EVMs

Supreme Court has sought the Election Commission’s view on a petition demanding an audit of the source code, which is considered the brain of the EVMs. Source code is the list of instructions that cause the computer to display screens, record votes, tally votes, and perform all other functions both visible and invisible. For example,… Continue reading Audit source code of VVPATs, EVMs