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SC rejects petition demanding 100 percent verification by VVPATs

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New Delhi | The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition demanding 100 percent verification of VVPATs.

The vacation batch of the Supreme Court refusing a hearing to the petition terming the petition as ‘nuisance’. Justice Mishra responding to the plea said that the top court can’t keep entertaining similar plea again and again. He said,” “Won’t entertain such kind of plea over&over again. We can’t come in the way of people electing their representatives.” The Justice also termed the move of the petitioner, a “nuisance” PIL.”

The Supreme Court on May 7 rejected a plea filed by united opposition parties to increase the verification of EVM and VVPAT. Twenty-one opposition parties had moved to the apex court demanding that the EVM-VVPAT verification should increase from 5% to 50%.

After several complaints of EVM malfunctioning, the opposition had raised concerns about EVMs credibility. Many had referred to the complaints of voters suggesting the vote is polled in favour of BJP no matter which party they vote for.

On April 8, the Supreme Court had ordered that the EVM-VVPAT verification ratio be increased from 1% to 5%. However, the opposition parties claimed that it is ‘unsatisfactory’. Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu had sought the review of the apex court’s order, saying the “increase from 1 to 5 is not a reasonable number and does not lead to satisfaction desired by this court”.

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