Wednesday, June 16, 2021

SC dismisses PIL on 100% matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs

The Supreme Court today dismissed a PIL filed by a Chennai-based group of technocrats seeking 100 per cent matching of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the counting of votes for Lok Sabha elections on Thursday.

A vacation bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, said a larger bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, had already dealt with the matter and passed an order. The bench said, it cannot override the Chief Justice’s order.

The apex court had, earlier this month, dismissed a review plea filed by 21 Opposition leaders seeking that random matching be increased to 50 per cent.

The court had, last month, directed the Election Commission to increase the random matching from one to five polling booths per assembly segment, saying it would provide greater satisfaction not just to political parties but also to the entire electorate.

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