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Lok Sabha polls: Oppositions move SC demanding safety of EVMs

Lok Sabha polls: Oppositions move SC demanding safety of EVMs

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 14 Mar 2019, 02:18 pm

New Delhi, Mar 14 (IBNS): Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, 21 opposition parties on Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking more safety norms for the Electronic Voting Machines.

The apex court will hear the case on Friday.

The petitioners have appealed for more stricter and safer standards for the EVMs, which have a crucial role to play in the Lok Sabha elections.

According to reports, the oppositions want 50 per cent of VVPAT (Voter Verified Paper Trail Audit Machines) to be tallied with the voting machines.

The parties that moved the court include the Congress, Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party, Sharad Pawar's NCP, Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party, the Left parties, Samajwadi Party and Mayawati's BSP.

After the 2017 Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh, in which the BJP won, the oppositions concluded that the voting machines were tinkered with.

Mayawati had earlier called for a return to paper ballots.