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SC rejects plea on 50 pc verification of VVPAT slips with EVMs

The Supreme Court rejected the petition filed by 21 Opposition leaders demanding 50 per cent  verification of electronic voting machines (EVMs) with Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, heading the bench hearing the review, said the court was “not inclined to interfere” and review its earlier order. The hearing ended in under a minute, reports said.
 
The Election Commission (EC) argued that matching the VVPAT slips with that of the EVMs would delay the announcement of poll results by at least a week. The review petition was filed three weeks ago after the Supreme Court ordered the EC to increase the physical counting of VVPAT slips to fie random EVMs in each Assembly constituency.
 
Meanwhile, Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu arrived in New Delhi to attend the hearing in the apex court, with regard to VVPAT review petition.Speaking to the media, he said that they had filed petition seeking justice and that they want more transparency in counting of votes. 
 
Naidu is leading the pack of opposition leaders protesting against the use of EVMs in the polling process. They are demanding that EVMs be replaced with the traditional ballot papers. This move comes as a huge setback to the Opposition.

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