The Supreme Court has directed the Election
Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling
booths per assembly segment of a parliamentary constituency or Assembly consistency,
from one at present. Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is an
independent system attached to an EVM that allows the voters to verify that
their votes are cast as intended.
The Court has observed that the move would
ensure greater degree of accuracy and increase satisfaction in the election
process of not just the political parties but of the entire electorate.
The SC has not agreed to the demand of 21
Opposition political parties for counting of at least 50% of VVPAT slips with
EVMs in every assembly segment.
In opposition to the political parties’ demand,
the EC had argued that increasing VVPAT verification to 50% would delay Lok
Sabha election results by nearly 6days. Further, EC had said that increasing VVPAT
slip counting would require additional election officials, extensive training
and capacity building of officials in the field and this would put a strain on
The Election Commission has assured its
confidence on EVM-VVPATs based on a) secure designs of the systems, b)
elaborate procedural safeguards adopted for their usage and c) the fact that
there have been zero errors in sample verifications till date.