The Supreme Court will hear on November 30 a plea by a Congress leader seeking directions to Election Commission to frame guidelines for counting of votes through VVPAT machines in the Gujarat Assembly polls. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also sought the assistance of Attorney General K K Venugopal in the matter.
The plea, filed by All-India Congress Committee secretary Prakash Joshi, requested the Court to “… issue direction” to the commission “to install CCTV cameras inside the polling booth to watch the mobility of persons inside the polling booth” and display the videograph along with “the number of votes polled outside the polling booth on a display board.”
Appearing for the petitioner, senior lawyers Kapil Sibal and Vivek Tankha urged the court to hear it at an early date as the notification for the Gujarat Assembly election was expected to be issued soon. The petition said the poll panel should be directed not to post any official facing any inquiry or disciplinary proceedings in key positions in the districts on contract basis or on extension of time from services. Though representations had been made to the EC on these issues, no decision had been taken yet, the petition added.
It also sought the apex court’s direction to the poll panel not to disturb the voters’ list without notice to the voters as well as the concerned political parties. Responding to a plea seeking using of VVPAT machines in Gujarat Assembly polls, the EC had told the Apex Court in August this year that it will be able to do so.