Not a single mismatch between VVPAT slips, EVM count: EC

CHANDIGARH: There wasn’t a single case of a mismatch between the VVPAT slips and the EVM count, according to the Election Commission data.The opposition had questioned the process,

Not a single mismatch between VVPAT slips, EVM count: EC

According to the CEOs, there wasn’t a single mismatch reported anywhere out of the 20,625 VVPATs that were tallied.

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Tribune News Service
New Delhi, May 25

The Election Commission of India said on Saturday there was no mismatch between Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT), an official said on Saturday.

A senior official of the Election Commission of India said that all 20,625 EVMs at 4,129 assembly constituencies had been successfully matched with their corresponding Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips—a process that led to counting spilling over into the next day. He said the only mismatch found was in one polling station in Andhra Pradesh, which he put down to “human error”.

“The most common human error leading to VVPAT mismatch is when a poll officer forgets to clear the mock poll date before the final voting begins. The Commission will ascertain the exact reason for the error in Andhra Pradesh soon,” the official said.

This is the first Lok Sabha election covered completely with VVPAT units, necessitated by a Supreme Court order on April 8 directing the commission to compulsorily verify VVPAT slips with EVM count in at least five polling stations of every assembly segment.

Some 22.3 lakh ballot units, 16.3 lakh control units and 17.3 lakh VVPATs were used in the elections. Of these, the commission counted verification slips from 20,625 VVPATs, the official said.

Opposition parties had submitted a memorandum to the commission a day before elections, asking for a 100 per cent VVPAT verification in case of a mismatch between EVM and VVPAT tallies. The commission however rejected the demand saying that this would delay the counting process.

 

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