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New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday dismissed the plea filed by 21 Opposition leaders seeking a review of its April 8 order directing the Election Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths per assembly segment.

“We are not inclined to modify our order,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said.

The plea was filed by opposition leaders led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.

Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for petitioners, told the bench that the apex court had increased the random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths per assembly segment and they are now seeking that it should be increased to 25 per cent at least.

“It will be for the satisfaction of confidence building measures,” Singhvi tod the bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.

Singhvi said the present increase of random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths per assembly segment amounted to a meagre two per cent and petitioners are seeking that it be raised to 25 per cent at least.

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  1. 1. We are aware of fact that in the past the Election Commission of India (ECI) had given many an opportunity to anyone to submit proof of method of hacking an electronic voting machine (EVM). Is it not true that one even individual or organization acme forward to submit any such proof? 2. It is good that the Supreme Court has dismissed unreasonable demand of Opposition parties with regard to Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). 3. I and many citizen-voters like me of this vast country know very well that the ECI is quite competent to protect EVMs from being hacked or manipulated. Sooner the opposition parties accept this truth the better it would be for them and for the country. 4. It is absolutely clear that we cannot return to voting by ballot papers and if someone has a better system of voting he should come forward.

  2. Opposition’s demand for counting VVPAT slips is part of the overall objective of weakening the Institutions. By weakening institutions opposition wants to strengthen its accusation that Modi government is politicising and controlling the Institutions like EC, SC, CAG, CBI, IT and Army etc.


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