New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The much-awaited Assembly Elections in Delhi are just five days away. The polling for assembly elections in the national capital will be held on February 8 while the results will be announced on February 11. The elections in the national capital will witness a triangular contest between the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress.

The AAP, under the leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, is seeking a second term while the Congress, which was in power in the national capital from 1998 to 2013, would look to return to the power. However, in the 2015 assembly polls the party failed to win even a single seat while the AAP won 67 seats. The BJP, on the other hand, won three seats.

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So as the state gear up for the polls, here’s all you need to know about EVMs and VVPATs:


EVMs are Electronic Voting Machines. These devices are used in the polling booths and are used to register and tabulate votes. They were first used in 2004 and since are being used in all general and state elections. They have two segments. One is the control unit and the other is the balloting unit. The control unit is managed by the election officer appointed by the Election Commission.


A voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) is a machine that is attached to EVMs and used in a polling station to confirm that the vote is cast to the correct party. The device consists of a printer, VVPAT status display unit and runs on 22.5-volt battery. VVPAT -fitted EVMs was used in entire Goa state in the 2017 assembly elections, which was the first time that an entire state in India saw the implementation of VVPAT.

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How to cast vote by using EVMs and VVPATs:

* The voter need to press the blue button unit against the candidate name or party symbol of your choice.

* A red light will glow then against the name or symbol of the candidate.

* The VVPAT printer attached to the device will print the ballot slip. See the print through the glass and the printout will be given to you.

* Make sure you see the ballot slip and hear a loud beep, in case of doubt, contact your presiding officer.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma