Over 10 india’s opposition parties approach SC
Verification of 50pc votes by paper trails
NEW DELHI, Mar 14: As India prepares for the crucial 17th Lok Sabha elections, over 10 opposition parties have approached the Supreme Court of India, seeking verification of 50 per cent votes by paper trails before the declaration of the results. The Election Commission of India had limited sample checks to 2.5% of machines. The much-awaited 2019 Lok Sabha elections are just around the corner. While the Bharatiya Janata Party will look to consolidate their hold at the Centre for a consecutive second term, the Congress party would aim to bounce back after their abysmal performance in 2014.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Sunday announced that the elections this year will begin on April 11 and end on May 19, and the polls will be held in 7 phases. The counting of votes will be done on May 23.
There are approximately 10 lakh polling stations this year compared to 9 lakh last time. Total electorate in this Lok Sabha elections will be 900 million, of which 15 million voters are in the 18-19 age group.
The Election Commission had earlier demanded a sanction of Rs 4500 crores to procure around 12 lakh additional EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) and VVPATs (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail). The EC had also informed the Law Commission that in order to conduct simultaneous elections (Lok Sabha and state assemblies), the poll panel will require nearly 24 lakh EVMs, double the requirement for only the Lok Sabha elections.
"Since EVMs and paper-trail machines are deployed in every polling station, the requirement is for 10 lakh EVMs and an equal number of paper-trail machines. In addition to that, 20 per cent of the machines are kept on reserve, bringing the number to two lakh.
Hence, to hold the Lok Sabha polls, the EC would need 12 lakh EVMs and an equal number of VVPAT machines," a functionary had said. -PTI