HC reserves order on a plea to modify EVM or not
The Delhi HC reserved its order on a plea to either incorporate paper trail to physically record the votes cast through the EVM or return to paper balloting, rejecting EVMs.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday
reserved its order on a plea to either incorporate paper trail
to physically record the votes cast through the electronic
voting machine or return to old days of paper balloting,
A bench of Acting Chief Justice AK Sikri and Justice
Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, reserved its order on the plea by Janata
Party leader Subramanian Swamy after hearing arguments by him
as well as those of Election Commission counsel Ashok Desai.
Swamy argued that the Election Commission of India should
return to the ballot system to avoid tampering as there is
lack of transparency in the EVMs at the time of polls.
He argued either paper printouts should be incorporated
in EVMs by the Commission at the time of polls or it should
return to the ballot paper system as the EVMs are not tamper
He argued the EVM does not have international status
and European countries like UK, US and Japan have rejected
them due to its failure and they prefer paper ballot for
Seeking the court to direct the Commission to return to
the ballot system, Swamy also argued the EVM`s brain - micro
controller - is being manufactured in foreign countries like
Japan, which themselves do not use the machine due to its
Appearing for the EC, Desai, however, contended that the
returning to the days of voting through ballot system would
not be feasible as it would require immense expenditure due to
over 73 crore voters in India.