Supreme Court seeks EC response on plea against ward-wise vote count

The petition said, 'The result of every EVM must not be disclosed'.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: May 12, 2014 3:40 pm
The bench noted that most of the directions had been complied with by the authorities and they still had some time left to fulfill the long-term goals. The bench was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Punjab-based advocate Yogesh Gupta. (PTI)

The Supreme Court on Monday sought the response of the Election Commission (EC) on a plea seeking stoppage of ward-wise counting of votes on the ground that the declaration of result of every polling booth strikes at the root of right to privacy attached to voting.

A bench comprising justices Dipak Mishra and N V Ramana issued notice to the EC and sought its reply by May 21 on a proposal that the result of every parliamentary constituency be declared as a whole and not through ward-wise counting of votes of every electronic voting machine (EVM).

The petition said, “The result of every EVM must not be disclosed.”

The bench was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Punjab-based advocate Yogesh Gupta submitting that “the uniform way of declaration of result for the entire constituency as a whole would bring balanced growth and balanced funding and it would also reduce cases fuelled by political vendetta, ill will and hatred”.

The petition, which has come four days ahead of the counting of votes for ongoing Lok Sabha election, said the result is again going to be declared by announcing the outcome of every EVM which would lead to adverse impact on the voters as the political parties would harass the electorate in areas where it has not received the votes.

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