The Commission vide its Press Note dated 14th June, 2011, announced the details of the conduct of field trial of the VVPAT system in simulated election in the districts of Leh (Jammu & Kashmir), Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala),Cherrapunjee i.e. East Khasi Hills (Meghalaya), East Delhi District (NCT of Delhi) and Jaisalmer ( Rajasthan).
In wider fulfillment of the objectives of the field trial, the Commission has requested the National and State Parties to extend necessary cooperation by getting involved in the trial process actively and also witness the trial in order to have a first hand experience of the system.
The Commission has also requested the individuals, who have been engaged with the Commission on the issue of EVM-VVPAT, to witness the trial in any of the five locations of their choice. The Commission is sending its officials and the members of the Technical Expert Committee to observe the performance of the system during the said trial.
In addition to the above, the Commission has decided that any groups or individuals from among the civil society, media, technology & academic associations, interested formations and the public at large will be allowed to vote in the simulated election and witness any of the events that are part of the field trial.
Full Article: Electronic Voting Machines- Field trial of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system in five locations.