EC ruled out opposition plea of counting half of VVPAT slips

The Election Commission, today, ruled out the opposition’s suggestion of counting half of VVPAT slips at every constituency stating that would prolong the counting process and may take six days to complete. It asserted that the existing system of random counting of the VVPAT slips from one polling booth per assembly segment is most suitable.

Submitting its views to the Supreme Court, on the oppositions plea on increasing the number of random sample counting of VVPAT slips, the poll panel said that the present method was evolved after consulting with all political parties.

It also said that it may consider any suggestions which result in further improving the holding of polls in free and fair manner.

“It is submitted that with the imminent elections issues raised in the instant petitions are matters that have already been considered, studied and determined by the Election Commission of India and have since culminated in adopting the course of conduct of the imminent election in the present manner,” the EC said in its affidavit.

It said the writ petition filed by 21 opposition leaders, led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, does not raise any ground or base for altering the existing system at this juncture. The poll panel said the present system which is being adopted for the imminent elections be allowed to be continued as “it has been found to be most suitable”.

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