EC gets funds for paper trail machines

 NEW DELHI, April 19 – The Election Commission’s plan to go for paper trail machines in the next Lok Sabha polls to add an additional layer of transparency in voting is set to materialise as the Government today cleared Rs 3,174 crore for the purpose.

A total of 16,15,000 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines will be purchased to cover all polling stations. Several parties have been pressing for the use of these machines to ensure that the EVMs are not tampered with.

Sixteen parties had recently petitioned the EC to revert to the paper ballot system for greater transparency. The BSP, AAP and Congress had attacked the EC on the issue of alleged tampering of EVMs. – PTI

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