SC rejects PIL for matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL seeking 100 per cent matching of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the counting of votes on May 23 for Lok Sabha polls.
A larger bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has already dealt with the matter and passed an order, said a vacation bench comprising justices Arun Mishra and M R Shah and refused to entertain the plea filed by a Chennai-based organisation ‘Tech 4 All’.
“The CJI had dealt with this matter. Why are you taking chance before a two-judge vacation bench. We will not list any such case for urgent hearing,” it said. “We cannot override the CJI’s order… This is nonsense,” the bench said.
The apex court not only denied urgent hearing of the matter but took the PIL on “board” and dismissed it.
A three-judge bench headed by the CJI on May 7 had dismissed a review plea filed by 21 opposition leaders, led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, seeking that random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs be increased to 50 per cent.
The opposition leaders had said that the present system of 2 per cent of random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs was inadequate and did not inspire confidence among the electorates. Prior to this, the top court had on April 8 directed the Election Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs from one to five polling booths per assembly segment in Lok Sabha polls, saying it would provide greater satisfaction not just to political parties but also to the entire electorate.
The fresh plea filed by the Chennai-based organisation said the EVM model employed for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections was used for the first time and there have been reports about malfunctioning of EVMs throughout the country. (PTI)

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