SC refuses to entertain PIL seeking fresh LS polls with ballot papers

Supreme Court of India
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New Delhi, July 5 : The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a PIL filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma to conduct fresh Lok Sabha polls using ballot papers.

“What are you asking for Mr Sharma? You want us to set aside the entire Lok Sabha elections?” Justice Rohinton Nariman observed and refused to entertain ML Sharma’s petition.

Sharma had questioned the use of EVMs in elections and sought the cancellation of recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

Sharma had on Thursday knocked the doors of the top court seeking its direction to conduct fresh Lok Sabha polls using ballot papers.

In his petition, Sharma claimed that as per the Representation of Peoples (RP) Act, the elections can only be held using ballot papers, and it cannot use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for conducting the polls.

The petitioner sought a direction for cancellation of the recently held Lok Sabha polls saying the Election Commission did not have the power to hold elections using EVMs.

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