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EVM issue: EC calls all-party meet on 12 May

SNS | New Delhi |

The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday called a meeting of all political parties on 12 May to assure them that the electronic voting machines (EVMs) are tamper-proof and secured.

In a statement, the EC said that it intends to use voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) in the up-coming elections to bring in more transparency and boost public confidence in the poll process.

Recently, 16 opposition parties including Congress, AAP and BSP, had urged the EC to revert to ballot papers, claiming that the faith of the people in EVMs had been eroded.

Earlier, the Centre had sanctioned funds of Rs. 3,173.47 crore to buy 16.15 lakh VVPATs sought by the EC.