Blog by Apoorva Shankar
After the exit polls predicted a win for the NDA, the opposition parties raised concerns over EVM tampering across the country and reached the Election Commission’s doorstep demanding the verification of atleast 50% VVPAT slips.
*With the counting agents overseeing the counting of votes, the returning officer will report to the EC of there is a mistake in the process.
*Alongside the EVMs, the VVPATs are also counted. The verification of VVPAT paper slips is conducted inside a secured VVPAT Counting Booth.
*Access to this counting booth is restricted to most people barring authorised personnel.
Following the Supreme Court order, VVPAT paper slips from five randomly selected polling stations are to be verified as opposed to the usual one. This would imply that 25-50 machines are to be verified per parliamentary constituency. This process would require supervision from either the Returning Officer or the Assistant Returning Officer.