The Supreme Court has sought the stands on Central Ministry and Election Commission following the petition filed by Janata Party President Dr. Subramanian Swamy. The plea seeks incorporation of paper receipts along with votes cast on Electronic Voting Machines or restoration of paper ballot systems, with EVMs being highly liable to being tampered.
The directive was issued by a bench consisting of Justice P Sathavisam and Justice J Chelameswar sought their replies on Swamy’s plea. The court also challenged the Delhi High Court order that dismissed Dr. Swamy’s petition on the matter earlier, on 17 January, 2012. The Supreme Court bench has, however, stated that the Election Commission could hold further consultations at the executive level, political parties of the country and other stake holders regarding the issue.In his plea, Dr. Swamy had submitted a list European and other Western nations, where paper receipts were issued, following the casting of votes via electronic machines.
Earlier, in an interview with Indiawires, Dr. Swamy had specifically stated how the Electronic Voting Machine could easily be tampered with, where the only solution to make it foolproof was the issuing of paper receipts after votes were cast.
Earlier, the Election Commission had opposed Dr. Swamy’s petition saying that the move would evoke colossal expenditure, with India having more than 73 crore eligible voters.
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