VVPAT’s under Fire leading to Repolls

VVPAT also called Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) or Verifiable Paper Record (VPR) helps voters to verify if their vote was cast correctly, a malfunction has occurred or an election fraud took place. However what happens when the VVPATs itself fails?

VVPAT’s under Fire leading to Repolls
Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT)

There were Lok Sabha by-polls in Uttar Pradesh’s Kairana and Maharashtra’s Palghar and Bhandara Gondia, however, it all was of no use due to VVPAT’s failing.

A total of 1,202 VVPATs had to be replaced.

According to an Election Commission official, VVPAT machines have a tendency to malfunction when placed in direct sunlight. The EC officials should realize this, and take precaution as a result.

VVPAT like the EVM’s is made by state-owned Bharat Electronics Ltd and Electronics Corp of India Ltd. The senior DGM of communications of Bharat Electronics Limited said, “All the machines that are supplied to the EC are rigorously tested to work under varying conditions. There are no design flaws in the machine. Only EC can explain if and how any of these units have failed. We ensure complete quality testing before the machines are delivered to EC.”

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The opposition has blamed the government for tampering with the electronic machines.

Samajwadi Party spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary alleged that BJP was under the mishandling and tampering of machines.

“We are getting reports that around 140 EVMs are faulty in Noorpur and that is because they have tampered with. The BJP wants to defeat us at any cost as they want to avenge the defeat of Phulpur and Gorakhpur,” Chaudhary said in Lucknow.

SP national president Akhilesh Yadav took to the platform of Twitter to speak his mind. He questioned if these technical glitches were the failure of the election management or a conspiracy to keep the voters away.

Maybe with technical faults, which cannot really be blamed on to anyone its time for Ballot papers. NCP leader Praful Patel suggested, “All parties should come together to discuss the issue. If America can do polling with ballot papers, why should we not? At the most, it will delay the poll outcome. So what’s the big deal about it?”

A decision on the repolls will be made today!