New Delhi [India] November 20 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Election Commission (EC) and the Union Government after hearing a PIL seeking mandatory counting of the printed paper slips coming from the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) devices.
The VVPAT devices are attached to the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) during elections.
This demand, if accepted, could turn the vote counting exercise again into the old practice of counting paper ballots.
The insistence on counting of all VVPAT paper-slips is the result of doubt on the reliability of EVMs.
A petitioner from Surat, Manubhai Chavada of Jan Chetna Party (JCP), has challenged the provisions of Rule 56(D)(2) of Conduct of Election Rules.
This rule empowers a returning officer to reject an application for counting of paper slips in the VVPAT dropbox.
The EC has made a provision of counting of paper slips at one polling station only in each of the 182 assembly constituencies in Gujarat.
The petitioner has requested the apex court for directions to the authorities to preserve the paper used in VVPAT for at least a period of two years after the election.
Moreover, this would bring in more transparency in the electoral process. (ANI)