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HC to Hear Plea For Use of Colour Photos on EVMs on Friday


Updated: March 23, 2017, 1:29 PM IST
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HC to Hear Plea For Use of Colour Photos on EVMs on Friday
Delhi High Court (Picture courtesy: Getty Images)

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday posted for March 24 a plea for use of colour photographs of candidates on ballot papers and Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the upcoming Delhi municipal polls instead of black and white ones.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal will hear the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by two undergraduate students -- Anil Kumar and Pratap Chandra -- seeking direction to the Election Commission (EC) and the Delhi State Election Commission to this effect.

In March 2015, the EC had issued a direction that in polls held after May 2015, in addition to the election symbols of the party candidates, their photographs shall also be fixed on the ballot papers and on the EVMs.

It had also directed that the candidates shall present their latest colour or black and white photographs within three months of nomination, said the plea, adding that in all subsequent elections, only black and white photos were fixed on ballot papers.

According to the petitioners, since the Commission had also suggested using colour photographs, the candidates should switch to colour photographs.

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