The Cabinet has decided to discuss the matter of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT), sources said.
For Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the Cabinet has so far cleared two tranches of Rs. 1,009 crore and Rs. 9,200 for the Election Commission to buy new voting machines.
Since June, 2014, the Commission has given at least 11 reminders to the government seeking funds for VVPAT machines.
The Supreme Court has asked the Commission to give a tentative timeframe by which it can use VVPAT machines in all polling stations.
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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