New Delhi, Aug 6: Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat on Sunday dismissed the claims that “it would be known which button on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) would be known” and urged the voters to not fall for the hoax. “Beware of the warning that asks an elector to vote for a particular candidate, stating ‘you have taken money and can’t fool us as the paper trail machine clicks your picture casting vote’,” says Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election: Results in 223 Seats Declared, 20 Constituencies Left, Says EC
Dismissing the claims as an unfounded rumour, Rawat said that the rumours are being spread by those who use money to buy votes. He said that the ones who are distributing money to buy votes tell people that they would know if another button is pressed as the paper trail machines take their picture while they (the voters) casting vote. He further added that the Election Commission would soon launch a campaign to dispel this myth. Also Read - Never Worked Under Anybody's Pressure: EC on Allegations Over Nitish Influencing Poll Body
“They tell the voters to cast vote in their favour in return of cash and if they do not wish to vote for it, they should not accept cash as the picture clicked by paper trail machine would expose them. We’ll tell them that whatever people say about paper trail machines, they should not believe it … no pictures are clicked,” Mr. Rawat explained. Also Read - Bihar Election Results 2020: Why Final Numbers Will be Out Late Tonight | Know Here
Voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip appears on a small window for seven seconds and then drops in a box. But the voter cannot take it home. The VVPAT or paper trail machines are used in all polling stations. But as of now, results of EVMs and VVPATs are matched in one polling station per constituency.
The controversy with the VVPATs began last year the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) demanded that slips generated by Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines be matched with papers generated by the EVMs to verify the Punjab assembly election results. It was then being said that no matter whichever button is pushed, the VVPATs would also show the BJP symbol.
With PTI inputs