Oppn leaders meet EC, demand verification of VVPAT first

Oppn leaders meet EC, demand verification of VVPAT first


New Delhi, May 22:  Leaders of 22 opposition parties met the Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday, demanding verification of VVPAT slips of randomly selected polling stations before the counting of votes in the Electronic Counting Machines (EVMs) on May 23.

They also demanded that if any discrepancy is found during VVPAT verification, 100 per cent counting of the paper slips of VVPATs of all polling stations of that particular constituency should be done and compared with the EVM results.

"We told the EC that the VVPAT machines should be counted first and if there is any discrepancy, then all of them in that segment should be counted," Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters here after meeting EC officials.Azad's party colleague Abhishek Singhvi said despite requests to the EC for months, the poll body has now said it will meet on Wednesday to discuss the issue.

The opposition parties also raised concerns over the transportation of EVMs ahead of counting of votes in some states and urged the EC to probe the issue. The opposition parties are seeking transparency and fairness in the counting of votes and respecting the mandate of the people of the country.