SC asks EC to consider representation on VVPAT machines

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today directed the Election Commission of India (ECI) to consider a representation seeking modification in the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines to enable an elector to cancel his vote if it has wrongly been cast in favour of a candidate.

The VVPAT system was introduced in eight out of the 543 parliamentary constituencies as a pilot project during the Lok Sabha polls in 2014.
A plea by an engineer today came up for hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra alleging that the machines were not “error free” and there should be a system to stop casting of votes if they went in favour of candidates to whom the electors did not intend to vote.

The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, refused to entertain the plea and directed the petitioner to make a representation before the ECI with his petition that alleged that the VVPAT machines were not error proof. (AGENCIES)