As per Election Commission officials, there was a ‘100% match’ between the counts of randomly selected VVPAT paper trials and EVM results carried out by the EC in all 182 constituencies.
After ramble of allegations about tampering the EVMs and the possibility of deviating votes despite what any voters has opted for, the Election Commission decided to introduce paper trials for verification. For that, a Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine was attached with the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM). At the time of voting, after any voter casts their vote in the EVM, a paper trial with the symbol of the party and name of the candidate was generated by the VVPAT at the same time. This paper trial was made visible to the voter, through a glass window in the VVPAT for 7 seconds after pressing the vote button; and hence voters were able to verify that their votes were casted authentically – in real time.
Monday was a big day for Gujarat, it was the judgement day of the much-raved, much-frenzied Gujarat Assembly election 2017. But for some, it was a very busy day, because those chosen ones spent their day counting paper trials from the first-time implemented VVPAT. It was first time in India that the VVPAT machine printers were linked with Electronic Voting Machines, for better transparency and assurance of votes casted by voters. The Election Commission then decided to count the paper-trail slips of one polling booth selected at random in each constituency, to ensure greater transparency in the vote counting process.
On the day of result, that is 18th December, Monday – the polling station which would be selected for VVPAT and EVM match-up were decided through a draw of lots in which the candidates or their agents were also present. After the counting on Monday, the Election Commission confirmed that all the results of VVPAT paper trial counting totally matched the results of the EVM, hence defying any scope of tampering or discrepancy.