Mizoram: EC summons officials over mass failure of VVPAT machines

MizoramMizoram CEO Ashwani Kumar and Jt CEO H Lalengmawia said ECIL officials are scheduled to meet ECI officials in New Delhi on December 3.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has summoned officials of Hyderabad-based, state-owned Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) over the mass failure of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines in the November 25 Mizoram Assembly elections.

Addressing a press conference in Aizawl on Saturday, Mizoram CEO Ashwani Kumar and Jt CEO H Lalengmawia said ECIL officials are scheduled to meet ECI officials in New Delhi on December 3 after 21 VVPAT machines failed during the state-wide elections; while 11 failed on November 24 as preparations were underway, 10 more failed as polling proceeded the following day.

"I am not sure we can call this a robust machine at this stage," Kumar said, adding the ECIL was anyway two weeks late in delivering the VVPAT machines, which coupled with the failures led to "administrative challenges".

The VVPAT was used for the first time in the Noksen bypolls in Nagaland this September, and was used for the first time in a general election in the Mizoram Assembly polls, that too in only 10 constituencies within Aizawl city and not in all 40 constituencies in the state. It is slated to be used again in the Delhi Assembly polls this coming Wednesday.

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