Gujarat elections: High Court notice to EC on counting of VVPAT slips

The counting of votes for the Gujarat Assembly elections will take place on December 18.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Updated: December 8, 2017 1:33 pm
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The Gujarat High Court on Thursday issued notice to Election Commission (EC) on a petition seeking counting of 100 per cent voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) slips manually along with votes cast in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The EC, however, opposed the petition claiming that EVMs are tamper-proof and paper trail can’t be counted.

The Division Bench of Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice A Y Kogje ordered, “Even though we are not inclined to accept the petitioner’s suggestion of full manual counting of votes, to inquire from the Election Commission, whether any framework for sample counting of VVPAT slips along with EVM votes on random basis bas been set up or not.”

The court asked the EC to reply by December 12. The counting of votes for the Gujarat Assembly elections will take place on December 18.

Shailesh N Pansuriya, a resident of Rajkot, in his petition had stated that there were “serious grievances raised by people at large and political parties about irregularities and defects in the EVMs”. “However the Election Commission of India has not considered the same so seriously,” the petitioner argued.

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    Dec 9, 2017 at 3:08 pm
    EC can favour only the political party in power. So it can self proclaim that EVMs are trustworthy can never be tempered even though they are the people abetting the tempering act.
    1. Sarjit Rana
      Dec 8, 2017 at 6:43 am
      The honourable courts ( supreme courts/high court) are exceeding their limits these days, accepted litigation beyond their jurisdiction,at least cons utional bodies like election commission should have been spared as their is no single person taking decisions, these are my views.
      1. Mustafa Rampurawala
        Dec 8, 2017 at 8:46 am
        With due respect sir. Even parliament doesn’t run by single person. In that case we would not have any right to oppose any decisions taken by them, also remember it is us who have elected them and sent them to parliament, so we would loose any right to question them.
      2. Madan Gopal Kapoor
        Dec 8, 2017 at 6:41 am
        There must be 100 counting of VVPAT to dispel doubts of the voters. As a matter of fact EVMs should be dispensed with in all future votings and we should revert to voting by way of ballot papers. There is enough evidence to show that voting through the EVMs is not reliable. How else in the UP Civic bodies elections BJP won in Mayoral elections done through EVMs and lost heavily where manual voting through ballot papers was resorted to. There is no plausible or justifiable reason to explain this. There are also videos in circulation that show that irrespective of any button that is pressed the vote goes to a given Party. Why should it go to the same Party ALWAYS even if the EVM is faulty. EC on its own should have taken cognizance of this. Very unfortunate for the Indian Democracy.
        1. Mubeen Sadiq
          Dec 9, 2017 at 2:59 pm
          I totally agree with you sir I wonder why we call ourselves as democratic when people views are not at all considered. There are so many videos going viral about the disfunctioning if the EVMS but the authorities keep on connecting they are tamper proof do they think public are fools or they get blindfold for such videos. Even in developed countries they use ballot papers, our PM goes round the world hasn’t he learnt about it. As far is technology is considered even a layman now knows that it can be tampered. Then how can the government turn deaf ears to this issue. And the media I mean the TV media plays a major role in alll this they never let out such information its onlybthe social media which gives the true info.