Gujarat Assembly elections 2017: EVM, VVPAT machines are safe, says Election Commission


New Delhi: A day prior to the main period of surveying in Gujarat, the Election Commission on Friday looked to relieve worries versus the uprightness of its EVMs by saying that it has set up “a detailed structure of framework, security conventions and procedural checks” to keep any “conceivable abuse” of the voting machines.
The EC is additionally conveying out of the blue the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines in all the 50,128 surveying stations in the state to “infuse more noteworthy straightforwardness and believability” to the voting procedure.
In the VVPAT machine, a paper slip is created bearing the name and image of the possibility to whom the vote has been thrown and stays unmistakable to the voter through a straightforward window for seven seconds.
An obligatory check of VVPAT paper slips of arbitrarily chose one surveying station for every gets together voting demographic will be done over the state.
“The exhaustive system of authoritative conventions and procedural shields comprise of the `first level checking` of all EVMs and VVPATs, strict administration of ridicule surveys led on each EVM and VVPAT amid the principal level check, competitor setting and on survey day before the start of real surveys, two-organize randomization of machines, stringent security conventions for the capacity of machines some time recently, amid and after the surveys, and thorough videography and CCTV scope of all EVM and VVPAT related exercises and capacity in solid rooms,” the EC said in an announcement.
Any breaking down EVM or VVPAT found amid the main level checks were sent to the processing plants so the same can’t be utilized as a part of the race, it stated, including that after the principal level checks, the machines are kept in the solid room under round the clock security and CCTV scope.
The survey board likewise cleared up that the succession of candidates` names is in sequential order arrange, first for the national and state perceived gatherings, trailed by other state enrolled gatherings, and afterward by independents.
“The arrangement in which the competitors show up on the Ballot Unit is dependent upon the names of the hopefuls and their gathering and can’t be determined in advance. Thus, the serial number of the applicants of a specific gathering will differ in every supporter and can’t be resolved in advance along these lines discounting any probability of control,” it said.
“Once the competitor setting is done, the Ballot Unit of the EVM is likewise fixed with the goal that no one approaches within the Ballot Unit as well. These seals additionally bear marks of applicants/their delegates,” it included.
The solid rooms will have twofold bolt framework, with one key kept with District Election Officer (DEO) and the other with Returning Officer (RO) of the gathering voting public concerned.
“Two cordoned security courses of action will be made round the clock for the solid rooms having surveyed EVMs and VVPATs kept for tallying of votes. The focal paramilitary powers will man the deepest border security promptly outside the solid room and the state furnished police will man the furthest edge security,” it said.
All challenging hopefuls can depute their agents to keep a nearby watch on security plan of solid rooms. They will be permitted to remain outside the inward border at an area, which empowers them to see the section purposes of the solid room, the EC said.
“The Commission might want to console the general population of the nation that it would investigate every possibility in safeguarding the uprightness and believability of the decisions,” it said.
The EC is utilizing 81,860 Ballot Units, 66,358 Control Units and 71,564 VVPATs, including the surplus units, in the Gujarat surveys.


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