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In a first, EC to use paper trail for Nandyal byelection

The Election Commission is introducing a new method in the Nandyala Assembly by-election in Andhra Pradesh to be held August 23 in which a voter could see the party or symbol for which he voted for. 

Disclosing this to media here today, Kurnool district Collector Satyanarayana said that after the voter caste vote through Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), he/she could see the symbol of the party for which he voted in another gadget.

Though the Election Commission has conducted a physical demonstration on the possibility of tampering with the EVMs to clear the doubts of voters, it has decided to use the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) to make voting more transparent.

The presence of VVPAT will provide an option for the voter to check whether his vote has been cast in favour of the candidate of his or her choice.

The VVPAT will display a piece of paper showing voting once the EVM button is pressed. The slip will move into a box after three seconds display and the voter can challenge if there is any difference from the vote he she had cast and the vote that is displayed in the VVPAT.

Kurnool district collector S Satyanarayana said that the VVPAT is being used in the Nandyal by-election for the first time in the country .

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