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EVM Paper Trail Row: SC Asks Centre, Election Commission to Reply by May 8

The Supreme Court has sought responses from the Centre and the Election Commission on a plea filed by the BSP against the use of EVMs without a paper trail.

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Updated:April 13, 2017, 1:43 PM IST
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has sought responses from the Centre and the Election Commission on a plea filed by the BSP against the use of EVMs without a paper trail.

A bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar asked them to respond to the plea by May 8.

During the hearing, senior advocate P Chidambaram, appearing for the BSP, told the bench that use of EVMs without voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) in the elections creates a serious doubt about the accuracy of voting and paper trail was required so that a voter can get a feedback of the vote cast by him.

He said that to assure accuracy in the voting process, a paper trail is needed as there were chances of tampering with EVMs as there were reports that both the hardware and software of these machines are "vulnerable", PTI reported.

"There is no way that a voter can verify as to whether the vote cast by him has gone to the right candidate. Without a paper trail, there is no way to verify it. In EVMs, a voter is only pressing the button and he does not know whether the machine is recording his voting correctly or not," he said.

At the fag end of the hearing, senior advocate Kapil Sibal told the apex court that Congress party also wants to intervene in the matter.

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