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Supreme Court setback for 21 Opposition parties

Supreme Court setback for 21 Opposition parties

Setback for 21 opposition parties on VVPAT issue; Supreme Court rejects their review petition to verify 50 percent of paper trail slips with EVMs; Court refuses to modify its earlier order asking for five EVMs per assembly segment to be matched with VVPATs.

It was a major setback for 21 Opposition parties. The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, to review its judgment rejecting 50% random physical verification of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) using Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). The Opposition wanted to increase the number to at least 25%.

BJP has termed this as an admission of defeat.

The apex court had on April 8 directed the Election Commission to increase random matching of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in five polling booths per assembly segment but it had not agreed to the demand of Opposition leaders for counting of at least 50 percent of VVPAT slips with EVMs in every assembly segment.

Meanwhile, the Opposition once again met ECI in the evening.

VVPAT was started to ensure transparency in elections. Nagaland was the first state to use the high-tech voter recording VVPAT and Now it is being used on all seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.