MP Polls: HC dismissed Congress’ plea filed over EVM handling

The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday dismissed the plea filed by Congress in connection with malfunctioning of Electronic Voters Machine (EVM).

The court, while dismissing the petition, refused to interfere in the matter and expressed satisfaction on the steps that the Election Commission (EC) is taking towards it.

The court also reserved its decision over plea filed over the counting of VVPAT slips along with that of EVMs.

Two petitions were filed in the Madhya Pradesh High Court in connection with EVMs used in the Madhya Pradesh assembly polls held on November 28.

Petitioner Congress leader Naresh Saraf sought direction from the court to set up a special investigation team (SIT) to investigate alleged irregularities in the handling of reserve electronic voting machines (EVMs) in Bhopal, Satna, Sagar, Shahjapur and Khandwa.

The petitioner’s counsel Shashank Shekhar said no separate facility was created to keep the unused reserve EVMs after polling was held.

The other petition, filed by advocate Amitabh Gupta, sought direction from the high court for counting of the slips of VVPAT machines used in the November 28 polling.

The voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) unit is used to verify that a vote polled by a voter goes to the chosen candidate.

Amitabh Gupta said no additional infrastructure is required to carry the counting of the slips in VVPAT machines. He said the slips of VVPAT machines must be cross-checked with the votes polled in the EVM for all 230 Assembly constituencies that went to polls on November 28.

Congress Delegation recently met Election Commission of India and raise concerns over the security of EVMs Strongrooms.

The Results of Assembly Elections will be announced on December 11 along with four state assembly elections.

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