Supreme Court Accepts Review Petition by Opposition on 50% VVPAT Verification

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a review petition by 21 opposition parties for verification of 50 per cent Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) using voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) slips, next week.

The leaders have urged the top court to reconsider its April 8 directive to the Election Commission of India to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs from one to five polling booths per assembly segment in every Lok Sabha constituency.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had directed the Election Commission to verify five VVPATs per constituency, against the opposition’s demand for verifying 50 per cent for every constituency.

Opposition leaders led by Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu have sought a review of the order, saying the “increase from 1 to 5 is not a reasonable number and does not lead to satisfaction desired by this court” after alleging that EVMs being used in the Lok Sabha elections were defective.

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi appeared for the petitioners and asked for an urgent hearing of the review plea, which a bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi agreed to take up next week.


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