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Cabinet clears EC's proposal of VVPAT machines

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the Commission's proposal of the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines.

For Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the Cabinet has so far cleared two tranches of Rs. 1,009 crore and Rs. 9,200 for the Commission to buy new voting machines.

Since June, 2014, the Commission has given at least 11 reminders to the seeking funds for VVPAT machines.

Last year, Chief Commissioner Nasim Zaidi had written to Prime Minister Modi drawing his attention to the funds needed for the machines.

The Supreme has asked the Commission to give a tentative timeframe by which it can use VVPAT machines in all polling stations.

The Bahujan Samaj Party, the (AAP) and the had attacked the for allegedly using "tampered" EVMs.

VVPAT is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip drops in a box but the voter cannot take it home.

The voters see voter-verifiable paper audit trail slip for seven seconds, which would be an acknowledgement receipt for the party they voted for in the election.

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First Published: Wed, April 19 2017. 13:02 IST