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EVMs malfunctioning row: Opposition to approach SC

NEW DELHI, APR 14 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 4/14/2019 12:13:20 PM IST

Raising doubts over the credibility of EVMs, a number of opposition parties Sunday said they will move the Supreme Court again to demand verification of at least 50 per cent of votes by paper trail.

Opposition parties, including the Congress, Telugu Desam Party, Samajwadi Party, CPI and CPI(M), jointly addressed a press conference to highlight the issue of transparency in the election process and protection of voter rights with a call to “save democracy”.
Delhi chief minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal accused BJP of “programming” electronic voting machines to win the Lok Sabha elections. 
“People don’t believe in EVMs anymore. All of us (opposition parties) want at least 50 per cent VVPAT counting except one party, BJP, which is benefitting out of this manipulation of machines,” he said.
“We are raising doubts about the EVMs. The confidence of the voter can only be restored through paper trail machines…,” Andhra Pradesh chief minister counterpart Chandrababu Naidu said.
The Supreme Court had directed Election Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths per assembly segment, from one at present, in the Lok Sabha polls, saying it will provide greater satisfaction not just to political parties but the entire electorate.
Congress leader and senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi said, “If the EC will ignore this issue then we will take other measures. We will not sit quietly.”
Singhvi said the opposition parties will carry out a nationwide campaign on the issue of discrepancies in EVMs and alleged that the EC was not doing enough to address the issue.
“Questions were raised after the first phase of elections. If you press the button before X party, vote goes to Y party. VVPAT displays only for 3 seconds, instead of 7 seconds,” Singhvi said.
 

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