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SC seeks EC response on Opposition leaders' plea on counting of VVPAT slips

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Friday sought the Election Commission's response on a plea by Opposition leaders seeking the counting of (VVPAT) slips of 50 per cent of EVMs in each constituency before the Lok Sabha results are declared.

A bench comprising Justice and justices and listed the plea of the opposition leaders for March 25 and asked the EC to depute an to assist the court.

Several opposition leaders, including Minister Chandrababu Naidu, minister and others, had moved the apex court, seeking the verification of 50 per cent of votes by paper trail before announcing the results of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Naidu, the lead petitioner, had declared in February that the parties will be moving the apex court against the use of EVMs.

The application has been moved by 21 Opposition parties, including the Congress, Nationalist Party, Aam Aadmi Party, CPI(Marxist), CPI, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal, Loktantrik and the (DMK).

The move comes after the Opposition parties met at NCP chief Sharad Pawar's residence.

The parties had raised apprehensions in a meeting with the EC in February about the credibility of EVMs, although the poll panel has denied allegations of machines being tampered with.

The EC, while announcing the Lok Sabha election schedule, had said that mandatory checking of EVMs and VVPAT will be done on the basis of one polling station for each Lok Sabha constituency.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 14:30 IST