Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018: VVPATs do well

During polling, only 0.34% of the ballot units, 0.39% of the control units and 1.89% of the VVPATs had to be replaced. The figures for the mock polls stood at 0.72%, 0.88% and 1.68%.

The two phases of the Assembly election in Chhattisgarh recorded low failure of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) units compared with their performance in recent polls.

During polling, only 0.34% of the ballot units, 0.39% of the control units and 1.89% of the VVPATs had to be replaced. The figures for the mock polls stood at 0.72%, 0.88% and 1.68%.

“Comprehensive training of polling personnel resulted in better handling of the machines,” an official said.

In reserve

The poll panel used 23,677 control units, 30,696 ballot units and 23,677 VVPATs for the election.

It had kept more than 3,900 VVPATs, 2,852 control units and 3,659 ballot units in reserve.

In the Karnataka Assembly election on May 12, nearly 1,700 VVPATs developed glitches during the mock test, amounting to nearly 4.2% of all the machines.

This figure was encouraging compared with the high rate of VVPAT malfunction during the Lok Sabha byelections in Kairana (Uttar Pradesh) and Palghar and Bhandra-Gondiya in Maharashtra, the official said.

Following the glitches detected during the Lok Sabha bypolls, the poll panel got an analysis done by its technical experts committee, which found that excessive exposure to light was a prominent cause.

The machine’s deplete sensor would malfunction due to the EC logo on printing paper. The thermal paper also absorbed moisture and became heavy and damp, due to which the motor could not move the spool easily. Besides, there was also a problem with the length sensor. The EC got all these issues fixed at the manufacturing level.

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