SC set to pass directions on pleas seeking mandatory EVM-VVPAT tally

New Delhi, Apr 24 (IANS): The Supreme Court is slated to pass certain directions on Wednesday on a batch of petitions seeking mandatory cross-verification of the votes cast in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) with Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips.

As per the causelist published on the website of the apex court, the issue is listed before a bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta “for directions” on April 24.

Last week, the Bench had reserved its verdict on a batch of public interest litigations (PILs) in the matter, observing that official acts are normally presumed to be done validly under the Indian Evidence Act and everything done by the Election Commission cannot be suspected.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, the second highest law officer of the Centre, had slammed the petitioners for periodically filing PILs on the eve of elections saying that the democratic choice of a voter is being turned into a joke.

The SG added that the issue has already been settled by the apex court with the dismissal of the pleas seeking similar relief in the past.

In April 2019, the Supreme Court ordered the ECI to increase the VVPAT slips from one Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) per Assembly constituency to five. It had issued guidelines for mandatory verification of VVPAT slips, out of five randomly selected polling stations, after completing the final round of counting votes recorded in EVMs.

A VVPAT is considered an independent verification system for voting machines, allowing voters to verify whether they have correctly cast their votes.






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  • Gautam Das, Bangalore

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    If SC passes the ruling for 100% VVPAT then there will be mass exodus of BJP leaders into congress as the rats sense sinking of ship. BJP is fully exposed here and no longer a safe heaven for criminals. These defected criminals be rather good since thier sins have been washed by BJP and enjoy victory in congress party as there is nothing left in BJP.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    My opinion is that, first declare results quickly based on evm registerd votes. Next day onwards count all vvpat votes and declare its results as well. Both will match. It will clear all doubts on evm permanently. No worries shortage of man power officials. We have plenty of officials there to count vvpat slips. Ok

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    Looks like; most of the (almost all) got a shock ! No comments at all. BJP Star is going through Shani mode. Kethu is watching curiously. Desh ka betiyonk bachane wale abi kudko bachavo. KARMA !

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    My opinion is it's better to have both the system in every both, those who want EVM in one corner and Ballot papers on other corners. Government must introduce steps to conduct this types. All will be happy.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    Abhi Aayega Majha ! Such action should have been taken a decade ago. Black is Black and Milk is white. Tsanami will be Tusssooo🚀 Worried about country's daughters (where Congress is ruling)

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  • Ravi, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    Ee Indians teach the world programing to Computers , and still do not have a mechanism to do counting immediatly why??? instant results in todays world . no dramas.

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  • roy Indian, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    good decision by S.C .... now what bjp will do they will get abki bar 400 Par or will get ambyachi paar 😜

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    Tampering EVM is criminal and must amount to treason. Treason implies death sentence. Any agency, engineers or govt servants, actively engaging in such act must desist from it. EC claims EVMs are tamper-proof. Claiming any electronic equipment as tamper-proof, is utter ignorence. There are enough electronics and softwares, to steal money from bank accounts, that too of unknown people, they can do so even for votes. EC should have come up with a self diagnostic solution. A diagnostic solution which is ratified by experts out side of EC, represented by all parties to monitor as well through several tests and trials, with any random samples anywhere in the country.

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  • AD, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    Supreme court will not go back to ballot . At the most it will put a procedure to rule out fraud

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  • Yogi, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    Great news ! All the doubters on efficacy of the EVM's will be proved wrong once and for all.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    i think at last almighty has opened his eyes...he has sent someone in SC who is really working for the goodness of this country without the fear....if this method comes then no lukka chupi khel will work....Jai INDIA

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    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    LET THE ELECTION BE FAIR & CRYSTAL CLEAR.We dont want uneducated tugs lieing & ruling us . We should see that EVM is banned & voting is done through ballet papers.

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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    Abhi garv se kao abki bar 400 Par Hope VVPT will not be hacked n replaced

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  • nitin shetty, bangalore, udupi

    Wed, Apr 24 2024

    ban evm machine , we want ballot paper voting to save democracy.

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