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5 months on, parties shift stand, want VVPATs in 50% of EVMs

NEW DELHI: Most of the 21 political parties that approached Election Commission on February 1 searching for matching of votes recorded in 50% EVMs with paper path, had communicated a unique view to the ballot panel barely five months ago. At the all-party assembly organised through the EC on August 27 final yr, the Congress proposed tallying of 30% EVMs with VVPAT slips, NCP 33%, CPM 10% and Aam Aadmi Party 20%, at the same time as parties like BSP, Trinamool Congress and National Conference categorically sought reversion to ballot paper device.

According to a abstract of positions taken through various nationwide and state parties at the August 27 assembly, paperwork relating which have been perused through TOI, DMK, Janata Dal (Secular), Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal and TDP - all of which made a joint petition to EC final week not easy 50% fit of EVM-VVPAT rely and 100% fit the place profitable margin was once less than five% of votes cast - did not reject EVMs outright however prompt alterations in device of paper path rely.

Currently, EVM rely for one randomly-selected polling station consistent with meeting constituency is tallied with VVPAT slips.

Congress - which led the delegation of over 20 opposition occasion leaders who raised EVM concerns prior to EC on February 1 - had puzzled EVM credibility at the August 27 assembly, citing cases of EVM malfunction and votes allegedly going to a specific occasion. Its representative prompt that deployment of previous as opposed to new EVM models be made public and at least 30% of paper path be counted. This, even because the grand previous occasion famous that reversion to ballot paper was once needed to restore integrity of the electoral procedure.

While Trinamool demanded return of ballot paper, BSP sought after EC to explain at the share of VVPAT slips be counted whilst adding that it was once better to revert to ballot paper.

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