Opposition parties have filed a review petition
in the Supreme Court demanding the counting of at least 50% VVPAT slips. At a
press conference, opposition parties have also highlighted instances of EVMs
malfunctioning and selective manipulation of the machines which were reported
in the polling held in Kerala, Goa and Uttar Pradesh.
Recently, the Supreme Court did not agree to the
demand of Opposition political parties for counting of at least 50% of VVPAT
slips with EVMs in every assembly segment. The Court had directed the Election
Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling
booths per assembly segment of a parliamentary constituency or Assembly
consistency, from one at present.
The court had observed that the move would
ensure greater degree of accuracy and increase satisfaction in the election
process of not just the political parties but of the entire electorate.
Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is an
independent system attached to an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) that allows
the voters to verify that their votes are cast as intended. It helps to detect
any possible election fraud or malfunction of EVMs.