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EC rejects Opposition demand for verification of VVPAT before counting
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EC rejects Opposition demand for verification of VVPAT before counting

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The three-member Election Commission on Wednesday has turned down the request of 22 opposition parties to make to verify VVPAT slips before counting.

Leaders of 22 political parties had yesterday urged the Election Commission to ensure paper slips from the VVPAT (voter verifiable paper audit trail) module are matched before the counting begins so that in cases of discrepancy, all votes in that particular assembly segment can be cross-checked with the paper slips.

The Election Commission had told the delegation of opposition leaders that the poll panel would meet on Wednesday to take a decision on this proposal.

The opposition move to land up at the election commission headquarters in the national capital was designed to highlight what they say are basic flaws in the protocol for counting drawn up by the poll panel without consulting political parties.

At present, the counting will involve the matching of paper slips in five polling booths picked at random for each assembly segment.