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SC dismisses plea on tallying of VVPAT slips with vote cast using EVMs

SC dismisses plea on tallying of VVPAT slips with vote cast using EVMs
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New Delhi, Apr 29 (PTI) The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea raising the issue of tallying of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with the votes cast using the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

A bench of justices B R Gavai and Sandeep Mehta told the petitioner’s counsel that a coordinate bench of the apex court had last week delivered its verdict on the issue.

“A coordinate bench has already taken a view,” the bench said, while refusing to entertain the plea.

When the petitioner’s counsel said the issue was of transparency and the apex court had already suggested some safeguards, the bench observed, “Another bench has already passed an order two days back.”

On April 26, an apex court bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta had rejected the pleas seeking complete cross-verification of votes cast using EVMs with VVPAT, an independent vote verification system which enables electors to see whether their votes have been recorded correctly.

Terming the suspicion of manipulation of the EVMs “unfounded”, the bench had rejected the demand for reverting to the old paper ballot system, saying the polling devices were “secure” and eliminate booth capturing and bogus voting.

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