Indian Statistical Institute Presents Report On VVPAT Sample Size To Election CommissionTop Stories

March 22, 2019 17:40
Indian Statistical Institute Presents Report On VVPAT Sample Size To Election Commission

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Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) on Friday submitted a report on the sample size of Voter Verification paper audit trail (VVPAT) slip counting to the Election Commission ahead of the upcoming 2019 General Elections.

The report titled 'Random Sampling For Testing of EVMs via VVPAT Slip Verification' was submitted by Professor Abhay G.Bhatt, Head ISI, Delhi Center to the Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra.

There have been demands to increase the number of poll stations to match Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT results before the declaration of poll results. At present VVPATs are being used in all poll stations, but the results of EVM and VVPAT are matched in one polling station per one constituency.

Opposition parties have demanded 50per cent of paper trails be counted per constituency to ensure that there is no rigging. The commission is now expected to take a decision after submission of the report.

The Expert Committee also consisted of Prof Rajeeva L. Karandikar, Director, Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI) and Shri Onkar Prosad Ghosh, Dy. Director General (Social Statistics Division), Central Statistics Office, MOSPI, who was nominated by Director General, National Sample Survey Office (NSSO). Before finalizing its report, the Expert Committee had wide ranging consultations with other experts in the field of statistics and examined suggestions received from other groups. The Report submitted by the Expert Committee shall now be examined by  the Commission and necessary action initiated, the official statement said.

By Sai Kumar

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