Supreme Court on Monday asked the Election Commission to count five voter-verified paper audit trails (VVPAT) attached to the voting machines (EVMs) in one Assembly constituency in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
The petitioners had sought a ruling to count 50% of VVPATS in the LS constituencies. EC had informed the court that they plan to count one VVPAT in one Assembly constituency. A Lok Sabha constituency normally consists of six or seven Assembly seats.
The Commission had told the apex court that counting more VVPATs will delay announcing the results. Considering the arguments, the court asked them to increase the number of VVPATs to be counted by five-fold.
Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal appeared for the petitioners.
Opposition parties, including Congress, SP, BSP and AAP have been campaigning against EVMs alleging manipulation in the poll results. They sought to bring back the ballot system. It was completely ruled out by the Commission.