Bihar Elections: Check steps to use EVM & VVPAT

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Half of the voters in Bihar are young. Of the 7.18 crore voting population, nearly 3.66 crore voters are below the age of 39 including 78 lakh young people who will cast their vote for the first time. Amidst the election fever, the trickiest part can be to cast your vote using EVMs and VVPATs.

Introduced in 1982, Electronic Voting Machines became a cog in the wheel. It has two parts, but the most important is the ballot unit inside the voting compartment that registers the vote.

The VVPAT system attached to the EVM generates a paper slip and displays the decision for 7 seconds to allow the voters to verify that their vote is cast correctly before the slip drops into a sealed box.

After polling, when the votes are counted, the printed VVPAT slips from 5 randomly selected polling stations in each Assembly Constituency are matched against the EVM results.

Also Read: Battle For Bihar: As Voting For First Phase Begins On Wednesday, Here’s All You Need To Know

Steps for casting vote

  • Carry one approved identity card document and the voter slip
  • Voters have to wait in a queue and maintain social distancing
  • Health experts will conduct the temperature check at polling booths; masks are mandatory
  • Gloves will be provided to the voters
  • Due to the COVID-19 scare, the polling officer, instead of issuing a ballot paper, will press the ballot button on the EVM which enables the voter to cast his/her vote.
  • Candidate lists to be on the machine with a blue button next to it.
  • Voter needs to press the blue button next to the candidate’s name, that they choose
  • Dispose the used gloves in the dustbin and sanitize before leaving the venue.

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