SC directs EC to increase random checks of VVPAT slips to 5 booths

The Supreme Court today directed the Election Commission to increase random checking of VVPAT slips from one booth per assembly segment to five in Lok Sabha polls for better voter confidence and credibility of electoral process.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, however, did not agree to the request of 21 opposition parties leaders that VVPAT slips of 50 per cent EVMs be matched, on the grounds that it will require huge manpower and not be feasible in view of infrastructural difficulties.

The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, disposed of the petition filed by by leaders of 21 opposition parties who wanted the number of VVPATs to be increased to 50 per cent in every assembly segment. Allegations of electronic voting machine or EVM tampering have been the reason for constant fights among parties in election season.

The VVPATs are being used for the first time in any Lok Sabha election; they were used only in some bypolls to the Lok Sabha and assembly elections earlier.

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