Highlights

  • PIL against EVMs, petitioner wants ballot papers in upcoming polls
  • Supreme Court said it would consider hearing the petition: reports
  • UP, Punjab, Manipur, Goa, Uttarakhand set to go to polls

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The petitioner reportedly claimed that Section 61A of the RPA was not passed by Parliament, and hence, usage of EVMs cannot be imposed.

With elections in 5 states just around the corner, the Supreme Court said that it would consider hearing a petition against the use of EVMs, or electronic voting machines, reports said.

Lawyer ML Sharma challenged a provision of the Representation of People Act which led to the introduction of EVMs in India's election machinery, as per reports. The petitioner reportedly claimed that Section 61A of the RPA was not passed by Parliament, and hence, usage of EVMs cannot be imposed. He further sought the usage of ballot papers in the upcoming state Assembly elections.

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EVMs have faced questions at frequent intervals in the past with many political parties raising doubts about their technological integrity.


Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, and Goa are set to go to polls starting February 10. Results of all 5 state elections will be announced on March 10.

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