EC: ONLY 1,400 VOTERS PER BOOTH WITH VVPAT EVM

The Election Commission has decided that the number of voters per polling station should not exceed 1,400. Voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) connecting EVMs can only print 1,500 receipts. At the time polling to fit a new paper roll  to VVPAT is a very difficult process, so to avoid that inconvenience EC has decided to entertain only 1400 voters to poll their vote.

The EC stated to electoral authorities in all states to ensure that the number of voters is subject to this. EC has said that since the thermal paper roll used in the VVPAT machines can print approximately 1,500 slips, it has been decided that the “maximum number of electors to be assigned to any polling station shall not exceed 1,400”.

EC also explained nearly 100 receipts can be wasted when testing machines during commissioning of the paper trail machines and during mock poll. As a reason number of voters is determined not to exceed 1,400.

All polling stations in Himachal Pradesh assembly polls will have paper trail machines. After Goa, Himachal Pradesh will be the second state with 100 per cent VVPAT or paper trail coverage on on 9 November assembly polls. The results will be declared on 18 December. The EC has yet to announce the dates for the coming Gujarat polls.

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