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SC to hear opposition plea on EVMs on Friday

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The will on Friday will hear the plea of 21 opposition parties seeking audit of at least 50 per cent of EVMs with corresponding Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) before the results are declared.

The application has been filed by (TDP) and several other leaders including (NCP), (NC), (LJD), (AAP), Akhilesh Yadav (SP), (TMC) and M.(DMK).

In the plea, they requested the court that 50 per cent of results of machines (EVMs) must be matched and cross-checked with VVPATs before the declaration of results in the general

The case will be heard by a bench headed by

Earlier, in February, the opposition parties approached the to audit at least 50 per cent of EVMs with corresponding VVPATs in all constituencies during the polls.

A memorandum submitted to the was signed by representatives of 21 opposition parties including the Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, and who cited "suspicious activities" concerning EVMs in the November-December Assembly polls in five states.

The parties have said there are "serious doubts about the credibility of EVMs and the purity of the entire electoral process" and asked the to mandate physical countercheck of paper trail and match it with the electronic vote in at least 50 per cent of all EVMs, if not all.



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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 20:04 IST