EC should allow matching results of at least 5 pc EVMs and paper trails: Quraishi

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission should allow matching results of at least five per cent EVMs and paper trail slips to dispel doubts about the infallibility of voting machines, former Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi said today.

He also suggested that the winning and runner-up candidates should be given the chance to match results of any two electronic voting machines(EVMs) and their respective voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines.

“EVM is a very good thing. The dispute over it should end after the provision of VVPAT. I am, however, not happy with matching results of only one per cent EVMs and VVPATs in one polling station per constituency,” he said at a debate on ‘informed and ethical voting’, held at Jamia Millia Islamia here.

VVPAT is a device which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip appears on a small window for seven seconds and then drops in a box. But the voter cannot take it home.

There have been demands to increase the number of polling stations where EVM and VVPAT results are matched to allay concerns about voting machines being hacked to favour a particular political party. (AGENCIES)