EC begins probe into failure of VVPATs in bypolls

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission today initiated a probe into the large-scale failure of paper trail machines during the May 28 bypoll to Lok Sabha and assembly seats.

It has sent two teams to Kairana in Uttar Pradesh and Bhandara-Gondiya in Maharashtra to trace the reasons behind high cases of defects and failure in the voter verifiable paper trial (VVPAT) machines. The reports are likely to be submitted by June 5, sources in the poll panel said.

Repoll was ordered in 49 polling stations across five assembly segments in Bhandara-Gondiya and 74 booths in Kairana after voting was delayed for hours due to malfunction of paper trail machines and EVMs.

The teams will also have members from ECIL and BEL, the two PSUs which manufacture EVMs and VVPATs, the sources said. (AGENCIES)