Supreme Court increases mandatory verification of VVPAT machines to 5 per constituency

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The Supreme Court on Monday increased the mandatory VVPAT verification from one EVM per constituency to five randomly selected EVMs in this year’s Lok Sabha polls. The Election Commission currently picks one polling booth randomly for the mandatory verification of VVPAT paper slip matching.

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The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said, “increasing the VVPAT verification from one EVM per constituency to five is to ensure the greatest degree of accuracy, satisfaction in election process and not only political parties but the poor should be satisfied.”

CJI Gogoi, according to the LiveLaw website, said in his order, “We have interacted with the EC officials. At the outset we would like to observe we are not doubting…it may be possible that the system gives accurate results. But if the number increases , it would increase the greater satisfaction – the endeavour is to find to find a viable number of VVPAT.”

The petitioners had asked the Supreme Court to direct the Election Commission to conduct a minimum of 30% VVPAT paper slip verification. The Election Commission had said that this will lead to a delay in the announcing of results.

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  1. “increasing the VVPAT verification from one EVM per constituency to five is to ensure the greatest degree of accuracy, satisfaction in election process and not only political parties but the poor should be satisfied.”
    Is this supported by any statistical evidence or it is just bargaining. If this number is not supported by any statistical evidence why the SC is accepting this at the mere insistence of the ECI. ECI is not the custodian of the democracy, the SC is. ECI is just an instrument to conduct elections, it is not the proprietor of elections. The public is the proprietor of the democracy and the elections. The time, cost etc. should not bother the ECI or the SC. Only the assurance that lections are free, fair and without loss integrity are the real considerations which should inform the functioning of the ECI and the SC. Public can bear a few thousand crores more for honest elections.

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