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SC seeks EC response on plea seeking tallying of VVPAT with 30 pc EVMs

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Monday sought Election Commission's response on a plea seeking mandatory counting of the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPAT) of at least 30 per cent of all EVMs used in a Constituency in every election.

A bench of and Justice S K Kaul issued notice to EC on a petition, which also sought directions to it to make it mandatory for Returning to order hand-counting of all the VVPAT slips of every polling station where the margin of victory is very narrow, less than 3 per cent.

Besides, it has sought making it mandatory for the poll panel to ask Returning to order hand-counting of all VVPAT slips of all the polling stations where the discrepancy between the machine-counting total and the hand-counting total in respect of the 5 per cent sample EVMs taken together is more than 1 per cent.

The PIL filed by M G Devasahayam (Nagarcoil, Tamil Nadu), (Delhi) and through Prasanna S contended that such cross-verification and counting of VVPAT slips is essential in the interests of 'Democracy Principles'.

Elections should adhere to the requirements of transparency so that the general public can be satisfied that their vote is correctly recorded and counted, it said.

Further, it said, all essential steps in the elections ought to be subject to public scrutiny and ordinary citizens ought to be able to check the essential steps in the election process without special expert knowledge and there ought to be verifiability in the counting of votes and ascertainment of the results reliably without any special technical knowledge.

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 18:40 IST