EC to conduct field trial of paper backup in EVMs

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 23:17

New Delhi: Acting on the suggestions of
political parties, the Election Commission would conduct field
trial of paper backup in the EVMs in a "simulated election" at
five locations on July 24.

The field trial of "Vote Verifiable Paper Audit Trail
(VVPAT) would be held in Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir)
Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), Cherrapunjee (Meghalaya), East
Delhi (Delhi) and Jaisalmer (Rajasthan).

The decision to go in for a field trial has been taken
by the EC following the recommendation of the Expert Committee
to which the issue has been referred to earlier.

The Commission has requested the national and state
parties to get involved in the trail process actively and also
witness the trial to have a firsthand experience of the
system, the EC said in a press note.

Several political parties during a meeting with EC in
October last had suggested introduction of Voter Verifiable
Paper Trail for further verifiability in the system.

The EC had also referred the issue to the Technical
Expert Committee, headed by P V Indiresan, former Director of
IIT, Madras, on EVM for examining the issue and making
recommendations.

The Committee had several rounds of meetings with
BEL and ECIL, two public sector units manufacturing EVMs.

On the direction of the Committee, the two public
sector units had prepared a prototype of VVPAT system and
demonstrated before the Committee and the EC.

"The Committee has now recommended that the prototype
should be tested in field in extreme environmental conditions
to get an effective assessment. The trial should be in real
election like conditions", the EC said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 23:17

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