NEW DELHI: Today Supreme Court has decided to examine a plea of BSP seeking its direction to make Electronic Voting Machines tamper proof by making Vote Verifier Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) mandatory in EVMs to ensure transparency in elections.

The VVPAT is intended as an independent verification system for voting machines designed to allow voters to verify that their votes were cast correctly, to detect possible election fraud or malfunction and to provide a means to audit the stored electronic results.

Justice J Chelameswar asked the centre and the commission to file their response latest by May 8 on allegations made by BSP that EVM could be manipulated and paper trail should introduced.

Political parties such as Congress, NCP and Trinimool Congress are supporting BSP’s legal battle in SC on EVMs, told the apex court that they would also file petition on the issue.

In 2013 the apex court had directed VVPAT must be introduce in EVMs to strengthen voters’ confidence in election process. Even recently they asked the government that till when VVPAT would be implemented across the country.

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