AGARTALA: The Election Commission will get 40 lakh VVPAT machines and EVMs by September 2018 to be used within the 2019 normal elections, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) AK Joti mentioned on Wednesday.
The VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) device hooked up to an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) generates a paper slip with the title of candidate and his/her birthday celebration image for whom an elector votes for.
The Centre has sanctioned Rs five,000 crore to the EC to procure 40 lakh of those machines.
“We need over 23 lakh EVMs and 16 lakh VVPAT machines for the 2019 elections,” the CEC advised the media right here.
Government-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd and Electronic Corporation of India Limited will provide those 40 lakh VVPAT machines and EVMs. Both had been making EVMs for the EC for the previous 20 years.
The Commission had determined that from June onwards all elections within the nation can be held via EVMs hooked up with VVPATs, he mentioned.
The CEC mentioned that EVMs with VVPATs are battery-operated standalone machines and not using a Internet or cell hyperlinks and can’t be operated or managed from out of doors or by any faraway machine.
Joti mentioned the Election Commission, following a Supreme Court order in September 2013, had attempted to make the vote casting procedure extra clear and the usage of VVPATs with EVMs was once a step on this path.
Election Commission officers led by the CEC had arrived in Tripura on Tuesday to overview the preparedness for the February 2018 meeting elections.