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21 opposition parties appeal to Supreme Court about EVMs

March 15, 2019

As the country prepares for the upcoming general elections next month, 21 opposition parties have appealed to the Supreme Court regarding safety of Electronic Voting Machines - EVMs.

The court is expected to hear the petition today. The petition calls for the machines to be made full proof as the political parties claim that they can be manipulated to get desired results.

Ever since the BJP came to power in 2014, most of the opposition parties have claimed that the Electronic Voting Machines were tampered with by the party to get majority.

The main parties that have been voicing their concern about EVM include Congress, Telugu Desam Party, NCP, Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party, the Left parties, Samajwadi Party and Mayawati.

The parties have demanded that 50% of the EVMs should be verified against their paper trails before declaration of result - VVPAT Voter Verified Paper Trail Audit Machines.

Earlier the parties had also raised the concern with the Election Commission. This in turn led the Election Commission to issue a challenge asking anyone to try and hack into an EVM.

However, no one was able to hack into the EVMs.

Porla Lingappa @PorlaLingappa tweeted - Porla Lingappa Retweeted Unnikrishnan - "Yes it is 100% true. If opposition still sleeps on EVM issue at least some one has to go Supreme Court as there is enough time for counting of votes i.e., in the last week of May 2019.ECI is not impartial."

Debashis Panda @Debashi81521484 wrote - "I think Congress party has no trust in our honourable supreme Court,no trust in EVM ,no trust in CBI,no trust in IAF.But it seems like they have full trust in Pakistani media report!!!!"

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