Opposition parties have argued in the Supreme
Court that deployment of one more official and an extra worktable in each
polling booth will ‘substantially reduce’ the 5.2-day delay a proposed 50%
VVPAT verification will cause.
The opposition parties had moved to the SC
demanding the random verification of at least 50% Electronic Voting Machines
(EVM) using Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in every Assembly
segment or constituency. They have argued that this would increase voter
confidence and make the electoral process more transparent.
However, the Election Commission had objected
the opposition parties’ demand and argued before the SC that increasing VVPAT
verification to 50% would delay Low Sabha election results 5.2 days.
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. At present, VVPAT slips in one randomly
chosen polling station per constituency are tallied with EVM results.