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AP CM leads Opposition’s demand for verification of 50% VVPAT slips with EVMs

The Opposition parties came together and launched an attack on the use of EVMs and called for going back to the traditional ballot papers as many of the nations had switched to the old system. 
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu met Chief election Commissioner Sunil Arora to raise the issue of EVM malfunctioning. He said that 21 political parties demanded verification of VVPAT paper trails of 50 per cent of EVMs.
 
Addressing the media after meeting Arora, Naidu said that advanced countries like Germany and Netherlands opted for ballot paper. “Paper trail is indispensable for EVMs. The confidence of the voters can be restored only through trail machines.”
 
He said that the poll panel was not agreeing to the Opposition’s demand of verification of 50 per cent of paper trails with EVMs. He alleged that the EC was acting at the directions of the BJP and faulted it for not being impartial. “We doubt if the EVMs were manipulated and that is the reason we are demanding for 50 per cent counting of VVPATs.”
 
Congress senior leader Abhishek Singhvi said the opposition parties would move the SC asking it to direct the EC to go for counting at least 50 per cent of VVPAT slips with the EVMs in every Assembly constituency. 
 
He said they would launch a campaign across the nation regarding discrepancies in the voting machines. He said that the EC was not taking sufficient action to address their complaint regarding malfunctioning of EVMs.
 
Recently, the Supreme Court directed the EC to increase the random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths in every Assembly constituency from one, which is being done now, in the Lok Sabha polls, saying it will provide satisfaction both to the electorate and the political parties.

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