'Release EVMs': Poll Panel Moves Supreme Court For Unused Voting Machines

The Supreme Court has agreed to listen to the Election Commission’s plea of EVMs and VVPATs.

New Delhi:

The Election Commission (EC) at present moved the Supreme Court in search of the discharge of digital voting machines (EVMs) utilized in a bunch of meeting polls held earlier this yr. The polling apparatuses are mendacity unused due to the extension of the deadline by the highest courtroom to file poll-related pleas owing to the second Covid wave.

The EC at present sought an pressing listening to on the matter saying the EVMs might be wanted within the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, and different states, that are due within the subsequent few months.

A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana has agreed to listen to the plea subsequent week. The EC’s plea, submitted by Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, additionally consists of the identical concern over voter-verified paper audit path (VVPAT) machines.

“We have to maintain these EVMs and VVPAT machines and hearing is necessary as elections in states such as Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Punjab are coming up. These machines would be needed for upcoming polls,” Mr Singh stated.

The courtroom had, on March 23 final yr, invoked its plenary energy beneath Article 142 of the Constitution to increase the limitation interval of appeals from courts or tribunals on account of the pandemic with impact from March 15, 2020.

These appeals embrace poll-related ones too, which, each time they’re made, require the verification of the EVMs and VVPATs. However, because of COVID-19, the deadline for appeals has been prolonged a number of instances, particularly amid the lethal second wave of the pandemic.

The EC’s plea at present sought the fixing of a timeline for submitting election pleas associated to this yr’s meeting polls to 6 states: Assam, Kerala, Delhi, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal.


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