EC rejects opposition parties demand to verify EVM-VVPAT slips before counting

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New Delhi, May 22: The Election Commission on Wednesday rejected the demand of opposition parties that VVPAT slips at randomly selected five polling booths should be counted first, and if any discrepancy occurs, then VVPAT slips should be tallied for the entire assembly segments.

This comes a day after 22 Opposition parties met the poll panel and submitted a memorandum.

“All the VVPATs should be counted at the beginning. If there are any discrepancies, total VVPAT (voter verified paper audit trail) of the entire assembly segment should be counted,” Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu told reporters after meeting the EC officials.

Naidu, who has been spearheading the opposition’s campaign against the EVMs and to build a non-BJP front, asked what problem did the Commission have in implementing their suggestions.

“A former Chief Election Commissioner has made it clear that it is a duty of EC to keep transparency and create confidence among the voters. People’s mandate cannot be manipulated,” he said.

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