The Supreme Court has said it was in favour of increasing random physical verification of Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in parliamentary and Assembly polls, even as the idea was met with stiff resistance from the Election Commission of India. EC said that VVPATs are “working absolutely right” and every step taken by the EC was based on expert statistical data.
- The current practice of physically checking the VVPAT paper slips of one randomly selected polling station in an Assembly constituency and each Assembly segment in case of Lok Sabha election was “all that is needed”.
- The SC directed the Election Commission to file an affidavit, explaining why itb seemed to be so “fully satisfied” about restricting physical counting of VVPATs to one polling station.
- The affidavit should also indicate the logistics and time required in case the sample verification of VVPATs was extended to more than one polling station.
- The court was hearing a joint petition filed by 21 Opposition parties demanding the random verification of at least 50 percent EVMs-VVPATs in every Assembly segment or constituency.