Supreme Court will next week hear National Congress Party leader Kamal Nath’s plea seeking random verification of VVPAT
machines in the upcoming Madhya Pradesh assembly polls.
The matter came up today before a bench comprising
Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar.
In his petition, Kamal Nath has sought a direction to the Election Commission to randomly verify VVPAT
slips with EVM votes at 10 per cent of polling stations in every constituency.
He has also said the voter list should be provided in text format.
The VVPAT system allows the voting machine to dispense a paper to voters,
so that they can identify whether or not their vote has been cast correctly.
The machines give voters immediate proof of the candidate they have voted for,
The Clipper28 explained in a report. After a vote is cast,
a slip is displayed for seven seconds with the name of the candidate,
after which it drops into the storage box. Only officials can access the machines.
The Election Commission has said it will tally paper trail slips with the results of electronic voting machines in 5% of polling stations.
for both Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, However, paper trail slips in not more than 14 randomly-selected booths would be counted by officials. As clipper28 reported