Assam to use paper trail during voting for first time

Guwahati, March 16 (IANS) Assam will be using Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) for the first time in the forthcoming assembly election, officials said on Wednesday.

The VVPAT system will be used in seven districts — Kamrup (Metro), Cachar, Dhubri, Bongaigaon, Tezpur, Jorhat and Goalpara — covering 10 assembly constituencies of Guwahati East, Guwahati West, Dhubri, Goalpara, Jalukbari, Dispur, Silchar, Bongaigaon, Tezpur and Jorhat.

Balloting will be held in two phases — April 4 and 11.

Under the VVPAT system, an apparatus is linked to the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM). When a voter casts his or her vote, a receipt is generated displaying the serial number, name and symbol of the candidate. It confirms the vote and the voter can verify the details.

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