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  • A PIL has been moved in the Delhi High Court seeking directions to the Election Commission to inspect the paper slips of the VVPAT electronic voting machines (EVMs) of all constituencies in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
  • The petition, by a person claiming to be a social worker, has sought inspection of the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) EVMs claiming that according to the data put up by the EC on its website there was “discrepancy” in votes polled and votes counted in around 373 constituencies.
  • Petitioner Hans Raj Jain has contended that the EC had got Rs 3,173.47 crore released from the government to purchase 16,15,000 VVPAT EVMs for bringing transparency in election process.
  • The petition claims that the alleged “great discrepancy” in number of votes polled and counted at majority of the constituencies “creates doubt” in the minds of voters, including the petitioner, that the EVMs were tampered with.
  • Apart from inspection of paper trails of the general assembly polls, the plea has sought directions to the EC to ensure that in future the paper slips are also counted.

What is VVPAT 

Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) or Verifiable Paper Record (VPR) is a method of providing feedback to voters using a ballotless voting system.

A VVPAT is intended as an independent verification system for voting machines designed to allow voters to verify that their vote was cast correctly, to detect possible election fraud or malfunction, and to provide a means to audit the stored electronic results.

It contains name of the candidate (for whom vote has been casted) and symbol of the party/ individual candidate.

The VVPAT offers some fundamental differences as a paper, rather than electronic recording medium when storing votes. A paper VVPAT is readable by the human eye and voters can directly interpret their vote.

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