SC seeks EC’s response on EVMs over opposition plea

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The Supreme Court on Friday sought the Election Commission’s (EC) response on opposition leaders’ plea on the counting of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips of 50 per cent of EVMs in each constituency before the declaration of Lok Sabha results.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna asked the EC to depute an officer to assist the court.

The bench posted the matter for next hearing on March 25.

The plea was filed by numerous opposition leaders including Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, NCP President Sharad Pawar, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, DMK chief M.K. Stalin, among others.