16 lakh VVPAT machines to be used for 2019 Lok Sabha polls: Election Commission
The Election Commission of India on Wednesday announced that around 16 lakh voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines will be used in the 2019 general elections. Amid the recent EVM and VVPAT row, which tensed the situation between many political parties and the Election Commission, this annoucment might not go well with the politicians who have been alleging that EVM is not tamper proof.
On Wednesday the cabinet gave assent to the ECI to buy VVPAT machines and as per information, the Election Commission has requested an amount of Rs 3,000 crore to buy new VVPAT machines. In regarding to this, the Cabinet has decided to provide the Commission with necessary funds.
As per calculation, since 16 lakh electronic voting machines are used in the country for Lok Sabha elections, the equal number of VVPATs will be required. As per NDTV, the commission has been requesting the fund for a long time now and regarding this they have written a letter to the Law minister on March 22.
As per EC, using VVPAT is a step to reaffirm people’s faith in EVM. They are of the opinion that with the use of VVPAT, all doubts and misconceptions about the voting machines will perish.
The Election Commission used VVPAT for the first time in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Notably, even though the government is willing to use a VVPAT along with EVM in 2019 elections, till date only 58000 VVPAT machines are present.