Opposition renewed demand of 50% VVPAT vote count, to approach SC

Chandrababu Naidu

Mumbai । Opposition parties renewed their demand for verifying 50 per cent of the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) voter slips with the electronic voting machines.  They are planning to launch a fresh challenge in the Supreme Court on the issue.

Leaders of major national opposition parties addressed a joint press conference in Mumbai, contending that “the EVMs are susceptible to malfunctioning, manipulations and hacking”.

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Making a PowerPoint presentation to prove his contentions, TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said the 23 major opposition parties will file a review plea in the apex court on the EVM-VVPAT issue and back it up with other petitions soon.

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“What we are demanding is something that can be done… it is easily achievable,” Naidu said.

Sushil Kumar Shinde said it is “not an unreasonable demand.”

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had directed the ECI to verify five VVPATs per constituency, against the opposition’s demand for verifying 50 per cent for every constituency.