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Paper trail EVMs: HC directs SEC, EC to file counters

Paper trail EVMs: HC directs SEC, EC to file counters
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The High Court at Hyderabad on Tuesday directed the State Election Commission and Election Commission of India to file their counters in the case filed by D Sravan Kumar of Congress party seeking paper-trail electronic voting machines (EVMs), 

Hyderabad: The High Court at Hyderabad on Tuesday directed the State Election Commission and Election Commission of India to file their counters in the case filed by D Sravan Kumar of Congress party seeking paper-trail electronic voting machines (EVMs),

Hearing the plea on Tuesday, Justice Sanjay Kumar, however, declined the plea of the petitioner that the facility should be put in place before March 6 on which elections to Khammam and Warangal Municipal Corporations would be held.

Khammam MLA Puvvada Ajay Kumar and Warangal District Congress president Naini Rajender Reddy had also petitioned the court in this matter. Petitioners counsel Ravi Sankar Jandhyala brought to the notice of the judge that the authorities concerned had failed to comply with the direction of the Supreme Court to introduce the facility of “Viable Voter Variable paper Audit Trail” (VVPAT).

He said the facility would enable the authorities to generate a paper receipt for each vote polled and in case of dispute, the same could be verified at a later stage. He also said despite the Supreme Court directing the provision of “None of the Above” (NOTA) button in the EVMs, the authorities had failed to do so. The judge posted the matter to March 15 for further hearing.

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