Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Nagaland Abhijit Sinha has announced that Nagaland will start using Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) with Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) 2194 polling stations in all future state legislative assembly elections.
The Chief Electoral Officer Nagaland organized a state level workshop with media on awareness of VVPA.
The plan is to reach out to people at the village level, various political parties and government officials, informed Abhijit Sinha.
Use of VVPAT would be translated into local dialects, English, Nagamese and that hoardings would be put in public places for mass awareness.
The first official use of VVPAT was in Noksen 51 AC under Tuensang district during 2013 Assembly Elections and the result was satisfactory. Election Commission of India decided to use it in all parliament and state legislative assembly elections throughout the country.
He said VVPAT is an independent system attached EVM that allows the voters to verify that their votes are cast as intended.
Sinha informed that VVPAT is attached to the ballot unit of the EVM and both the ballot unit and the VVPAT are placed in the voting compartment.
When a voter presses the blue button on the ballot unit to vote for the candidate of his /her choice, the glass window on the VVPAT lights up and printed paper slip containing serial number, name of the candidate and election symbol of the candidate is visible to the voter and all the details on the paper slip. He further explained that after 7 seconds, the printed paper slips in VVPAT get automatically cut and falls into the sealed printed paper slip compartment/drop box of VVPAT followed by a beep sound.
(Source – Nagaland Post)