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SC Directs EC to Increase Random Checking of VVPAT Slips to Five Booths Per Assembly Segment

However, the court rejected the Opposition’s plea to check VVPAT slips of 50 per cent EVMs.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Election Commission to increase random checking of VVPAT slips from one to five booths per assembly segment in Lok Sabha polls for better voter confidence and credibility of electoral process.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi however did not agree to the request of 21 opposition parties’ leaders that VVPAT slips of 50 per cent EVMs be matched, on the ground that it will require huge manpower and will not be feasible in view of infrastructural difficulties.

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The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, disposed of the petition, filed by opposition parties including TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, on the issue.

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