26 Apr 2024

Supreme Court Rejects Pleas Seeking Complete Verification of Votes Cast Via EVMs; Issues These 2 Directives to ECI


The Supreme Court has dismissed petitions seeking a complete 100% verification of votes cast via Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) with paper slips produced through the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) method. Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta, constituting a two-judge bench, each delivered separate but concurrent judgments.

Justice Datta emphasized the importance of balanced perspectives, cautioning against blind skepticism that could undermine trust in democratic institutions. He stressed the necessity of constructive criticism to bolster democracy's foundational principles of harmony and trust among its various branches. Justice Datta underscored the court's reliance on evidence in its deliberations.

SC issued two directives to ECI

Nonetheless, the Supreme Court issued two directives to the Election Commission. Firstly, it mandated the sealing of the Symbol Loading Unit in EVMs following symbol loading, with this unit to be preserved for a minimum of 45 days. Secondly, it instructed that the burnt memory in the microcontroller of EVMs be examined by a team of engineers post-results declaration, upon request by candidates in the second and third serial numbers.

Additionally, the court recommended that the Election Commission explore the feasibility of employing a dedicated machine to tally VVPAT slips, potentially enhancing the efficiency and accuracy of the electoral process.

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