SC gives notice to EC on plea for verifying EVM results with VVPAT

The bench was headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also asked Election Commission to depute a senior officer to assist the court and posted the matter for next hearing on March 25.

Written by Newsroom Staff March 15, 2019 11:59

New Delhi: Supreme Court issued notice to the Election Commission on plea of 21 Opposition parties seeking direction that 50 per cent EVM results are matched and crosschecked with VVPATs before the declaration of results in the upcoming General Elections on Friday.

The bench was headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also asked Election Commission to depute a senior officer to assist the court and posted the matter for next hearing on March 25.

CJI Dipak Misra recommends Justice Ranjan Gogoi as his successor

The petition has been filed in the names of Andhra chief minister and Telegu Desam Party leader N. Chandrababu Naidu, Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar, Indian National Congress K.C. Venugopal, All India Trinamool Congress Derek O’Brien, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, DMK leader Stalin, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, National Congress leader Farooq Abdullah, Loktantrik Janta Dal leader Sharad Yadav, Rashtriya Janta Dal leader Manoj Jha, among others.

The petition said free and fair elections was part of the basic structure of the Constitution. It quoted the apex court’s judgment in the Dr Subramanian Swamy case in 2013, which held that the paper trail for EVM has been held to be an indispensable requirement of free and fair elections, thereby making VVPAT inherent in and intrinsic to the very basic structure.

The petition contended that the ECI guideline hits at the basic structure of the Constitution by making VVPAT “completely ineffective and merely ornamental in nature.”

“It takes away from the left hand what was given by the right,” the petition said.

SC Issues Notice to EC on DMK’s Plea Seeking Bypolls in TN

The SC also issued notice to Election Commission on a plea of DMK seeking direction to EC to notify by-elections and publish schedule of elections in Aravakurichi, Ottapidaram and Thiruparankundram assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu,along with other by-elections to be held on April 18.

Stalin, dmk, aiadmk, Tamil Nadu by elections

 

Facebook Comments