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Announcement : EVM with VVPAT Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail system
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l. Training of Master Trainers, Polling Personnel and Counting Personnel :
Presiding Officers, Polling officers, Returning Offrcer, Assistant Returning Officer, Sector Officers and Counting Personnel must be given practical training.

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Training for polling personnel in assembly constituency should be conducted immediately after the second randomisation of the polling personnel. The training, which will be imparted by Master Trainers, should be video graphed.

Every officer should receive an opportunity to operate the EVM with VVPAT system and learn the process of recording the vote using WPAT.

Separate training should be given on counting of printed ballot slips from the WPAT system and tallying the count of printed ballot slips with the count in the EVMs.

A copv of “WPAT brochure” (Annexure V), should be given to all officers during training and be available at polling station on poll day.

2. Awareness about use of WPAT :
A demonstration of WPAT system, by engineers of manufacturers, should be organized by the Returning Officer (RO) for all candidates, political parties and for voters at suitable locations in the constituency.

The poster 66How to cast Your Vote Using EVMs and WPATs” (Annexure – VD on method of voting with VVPAT should be pasted at prominent places of the constituency and at places in each polling station in a manner that voters waiting in the queue are able to read the instructions.

The DEO and RO should also organize programmes for awareness about use of EVMs with VVPAT on print media and local cable-network etc.

3. First Level Checking (FLC) of WPAT system :
The Commission has already allocated VVPATs in your State and directed the manufacturer of EVM & VVPAT to depute senior engineers of the firm to supervise FLC, prepare a written protocol for testing of equipment, test every VVPAT with 200 votes with a separate roll, and no electronic repair of VVPAT is allowed in the field.

The FLC of WPAT shall be done in the presence of representatives of the National and State parties. The representatives will also be asked to check the printed ballot slip in WPAT through the screen for each vote cast.

After the mock poll, the printed ballot slips of each VVPAT printer shall be first counted to compute the result, then tallied against the result of the CU and then shown to those present in the FLC.

A spare EVM can be used for FLC of VVPAT, if the FLC of EVMs has already been completed. The whole process shall be videographed.

4. Preparation of EVMs and WPAT system for Poll :
EVMs shall be prepared according to the instructions of the Commission on the preparation of EVMs for polls. The VVPAT system shall be prepared for poll in the following manner as mentioned in Rule 49B [a(c) (i) – (iii)] of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961

i) The WPAT consists of WPAT Status Display Unit (VSDU) and WPAT Printer unit.

A new battery power pack shall be connected to the VVPAT unit and shut the door of the battery compartment, but no sealing is required on battery compartment as the power pack can be replaced if low battery status is indicated on VSDU during the poll.

ii A fresh paper roll shall be installed in the printer unit by following the user manual for WPAT.

iii) Serial numbers, names of candidates and symbols allotted shall be loaded in WPAT with the help of engineers. A test printout shall be checked with the ballot paper in Balloting Unit (BU).

iv) Then one vote to each candidate will be given to check that the VVPAT is printing the paper slips accurately.
v) Thereafter, switch off the CU and seal the latches of paper roll compartment using thread seals and address tags.

vi) The units should be randomly allocated to polling stations and kept in the respective carrying case

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