EC to spend Rs 3k cr on 16.15L VVPATs
Stepping up its efforts to end controversies surrounding electronic voting machines (EVMs), the Election Commission (EC) has issued a letter of intent to procure 16,15,000 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines for an estimated cost of Rs 3,173 crore.
The EC is aiming to hold the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with the help VVPAT machines attached to EVMs. To achieve this task, public sector units ECIL and BEL have been sent letters of intent to supply 8,07,500 VVPATs each by September 2018.
Though it is a tall order even for these public sector giants to supply over 16 lakh machines, the EC hopes that they will be able to deliver all the VVPAT machines in time, giving the EC the necessary time to attach them with the EVMs and carry out mock tests before the next Lok Sabha elections, which are expected to be held in April-May 2019.
“The Commission shall closely monitor the production of VVPAT machines for timely delivery well before the general elections of 2019,” the EC said.
The EC sent the request letters to the chief managing directors of the two public sector units (PSUs) immediately after the Union Cabinet gave long-pending clearance for the purchase of the VVPAT …read more