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Setback to Opposition as Election Commission rejects VVPAT verification demand before counting

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 22 May 2019, 04:26 PM
Setback to Opposition as Election Commission rejects VVPAT verification demand before counting
Setback to Opposition as Election Commission rejects VVPAT verification demand before counting

A day after Opposition parties knocked on the doors of the Election Commission saying they don’t trust EVMs and demanded verification of VVPAT slips before counting, the poll body rejected the demand on Wednesday. This has come as a setback for the Opposition. It will be go on as planned, the Election Commission said. 

The development comes a day after the EC dismissed allegations that the voting machines used in the Lok Sabha election were being switched with fresh ones ahead of counting of votes on May 23, the Election Commission Tuesday set up a 24-hour control room here to monitor complaints relating to EVMs.

Reacting to the Election Commission's refusal to change the counting process, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, said, "Integrity of EVMs by matching with sample VVPATs has to be done at the start of the counting. Doing so after the trends are declared makes it infructuous and is likely to lead to protests and a possible law and order situation from the affected candidates."

First Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 01:40 PM
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