For the EVM machines, the election commission has made full preparations to procure 16 lakh paper trail machines in the next two years. These machines will be used on all polling stations in the Lok Sabha elections in the year 2019. The Commission issued the letter to the Public Enterprises ECIL and BEEL on Friday in this regard. Two days ago, the Union Cabinet had approved the commission’s proposal to purchase 1615,000 Voterified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) units at an estimated cost of Rs 3,173.47 crore.
The Election Commission informed them that the purchase of machines will be done in the year 2017-18 and 2018-19. The commission will purchase 8,07,500 paper trail machines from both manufacturers till September, 2018. Regarding the importance of this step, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said on Sunday (April 23) that transparency will increase and voter will have the right to know which party he has voted. This will increase the confidence of voters in the fair and free election process.