Size of VVPAT pa­per slips to be in­creased: CEC

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THE Elec­tion Com­mis­sion has de­cided to in­crease the size of the slip of the pa­per trail ma­chines to make it more vis­i­ble for the vot­ers.

The elec­tors see voter-ver­i­fi­able pa­per au­dit trail (VVPAT) slip for seven sec­onds, which would be an ac­knowl­edge­ment re­ceipt for

the party they voted for in the elec­tion.

VVPAT is a ma­chine which dis­penses the slip with the sym­bol of the party for which a per­son has voted for. The slip drops in a box but the voter can­not take it home.

An­nounc­ing the sched­ule for the Hi­machal Pradesh as­sem­bly elec­tions, Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner A K Joti said the size of the slip would now be 10 cm by 5.6 cm to make it more vis­i­ble for vot­ers.

Hi­machal Pradesh will be the sec­ond state af­ter Goa with 100 per cent VVPAT cov­er­age. The pa­per trail ma­chines will be de­ployed along with EVMs in all the 7,521 polling sta­tions, in­clud­ing 42 aux­il­iary polling sta­tions at re­mote places.

Joti said VVPAT ma­chines from one polling booth in each of the 68 As­sem­bly con­stituen­cies will be tal­lied with EVM re­sults to check the vote count.

In case of a dis­crep­ancy in the re­sults of the EVM and the pa­per trail ma­chines, the out­come of the pa­per slip will pre­vail, a se­nior EC of­fi­cial later ex­plained.

VVPAT will be used in all polling sta­tions in all fu­ture Lok Sabha and as­sem­bly polls.

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