EC rejects opposition’s demand for VVPAT-EVM tallying

The Election Commission of India (ECI) today has rejected Opposition’s demand for the verification of VVPAT slips before counting of votes for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on May 23.

Dismissing the plea, the poll body reportedly said that the counting process will be conducted as per the schedule and VVPAT slips will be counter after EVMs and not prior to it.

Earlier on Tuesday, as many as 22 parties of the Opposition submitted a memorandum before the poll panel, , requesting that the verification of VVPAT slips of randomly identified polling stations should be done prior to the initiation of counting of votes and not after the completion of last round of counting.

In the memorandum, the parties have also demanded 100 per cent counting of paper slips of VVPATs of all polling stations in an Assembly segment where any discrepancy is found during the VVPAT verification.

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