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After SC, Election Commission Rejects Opposition’s Request to Count All VVPAT Votes 

After SC, Election Commission Rejects Opposition’s Request to Count All VVPAT Votes 

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New Delhi: Since the first phase of the 2019 General Elections began on April 11, 2019, the opposition has made claims that the EVMs are being subjected to irrelevant circumstances. From the tampering of the EVM, to its functionality favouring the BJP and even swapping of the device, every opposition side has raised their concerns. Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee too wrote a note on twitter stating that the Election Commission of India should take responsibility of the safety and security of the EVMs.

It was a big boost for the leaders of the opposition who then planned to visit the Election Commission to talk regarding the alleged EVM cases when they were struck twice, once by the Supreme Court of India and again by the ECI. The Supreme Court dismissed a writ petition seeking 100% random physical counting of EVM-VVPAT in the Lok Sabha polls of 2019, stating that there is hardly two days left before counting and the country should be allowed to choose its government.

 


What followed was a 22 party strong opposition going to the Chief Election Commissioner regarding the same issue. The opposition comprised of Ghulam Nabi Azad and Abhishek Manu Singhvi of the Congress, Derek O’Brian of the TMC, DMK’s Kanimozhi and many more. It was led by the CM of Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu. Their demand has been rejected by the Commission as well. The ECI said in a statement ‘The complaints related to storage issues at strong-rooms, security of strong-rooms, permissions to candidates to post their agents at strong-rooms, CCTV monitoring, movement of any EVMs, and any complaints during counting related to EVMs can be informed at control room, number is 011-23052123 (with 5 hunting lines).’

On the other hand, BJP head Amit Shah lashed out the Opposition on taking such actions.He stated that the BJP has always shown full faith in the election process of the country. He added,’Parties like Congress have always blamed the EVM when they know they will lose and no such issues came when they won in Chhattisgarh or Madhya Pradesh. They say they don’t believe the system when they have been in power for most of the time.’ The counting of votes for the new government will begin on 23rd of May from 8 AM in the morning.

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