Lok Sabha Polls : Supreme Court rejects plea by 21 opposition parties seeking an increase in 50% VVPAT verification

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The supreme court on Tuesday, May 7 rejected the plea filed by 21 opposition parties that sought the direction to increase the VVPAT verification from 5 to at least 50 percent of EVMs during the counting of votes for free and fair conduct of general elections.

The supreme court directed the Election Commission on April 8 to increase the random matching of VVPAT slips with the EVMs in five polling booth per assembly constituency.

On April 24, a day after the third phase of polling ended for the Lok Sabha elections, 21 opposition parties filed a review petition seeking the Supreme Court’s order for 50 percent verification of VVPAT slips. The demand was put forward by the opposition parties like the DMK, TDP, and AAP.

Election Commission turned the request down when asked for the increase of VVPAT verification by saying that 50 % verification of VVPAT in every assembly constituency will delay the Lok Sabha election results by 5-6 days and the results will be announced on May 28. The EC has told previously that verification will have a negligible increase in confidence in the voters as 99.99% already believe in the fair conduct of EVMs.

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21 opposition parties filed a plea in Supreme Court demanding 50 % verification of VVPAT with EVMs

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