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Archive for October, 2010

 

Why it is necessary to make ‘Paper Trail’ work for India’s EVMs?

Posted by Narasimha Rao under COUNTDOWN

On October 4, at the All-party meeting convened by the Election Commission of India (ECI), there was a consensus among all political parties that the ECI must introduce a system of Voter Verified Paper Trail (VVPAT). Showing some flexibility after many months of stiff resistance, the ECI had agreed to explore implementation of the VVPAT option in the EVMs. As promised, the ECI has referred the matter to its Expert Committee headed by P.V. Indiresan to study the feasibility of introducing VVPAT.
What is Voter verified paper trail?
Voter verified paper trail (VVPAT) refers to a system wherein a printer attached with the voting machine produces a paper printout of every vote cast just as an ATM produces a slip after every transaction. The voter verifies it for its accuracy and then it is stored in a ballot box as a separate record of votes, independent of the electronic record stored in the EVM.
Why paper trail is [...]

All-Party Meeting on EVMs echoes a Consensus on EVMs with Paper Trail

Posted by Narasimha Rao under EVM Vulnerabilities

An all-party meeting was held today at the Election Commission of India’s Nirvachan Sadan to discuss electronic voting machines (EVMs) besides many other issues requiring electoral reform.
In the morning, all national parties including the Congress, CPM, CPI, BSP and NCP have in principle endorsed the BJP’s view articulated by its  senior party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad that the Election Commission shall examine provision of a paper back up for the EVMs in the form of a physical print out of every vote for the voters as an acknowledgement that their vote has been recorded properly. (See the following report)
http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/politics/evms-should-provide-acknowledgement-of-choice-to-voter-bjp-lead_100439186.html
And, in the afternoon, leaders of a large number of state political parties have endorsed a specific model of a “printer attached with the ballot unit of an EVM” presented by TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu in a power point presentation to provide paper trail for the EVMs.
As per Naidu’s design, each ballot printout comprising the party symbol [...]