Leaders of 22 Opposition parties on Tuesday submitted a memorandum before the Election Commission, requesting that the verification of VVPAT slips of randomly identified (05) polling stations should be done prior to the initiation of counting of votes and not after the completion of last round of counting.
In the memorandum, the Opposition parties also raised the demand of tallying VVPAT slips with EVM figures in an entire Assembly constituency in case a discrepancy is found in any polling booth.
“We told the EC that the VVPAT machines should be counted first and if there is any discrepancy, then all of them in that segment should be counted,” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters after meeting EC officials.
Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said despite requests to the EC since months, the poll body has now said it will meet on Wednesday to discuss the issue.
“We have been raising these same issues for the past one and a half months. But they are yet to respond. Strangely, today EC heard us for almost an hour and they assured us they will meet again tomorrow morning to consider our demands,” Singhvi told media.
Also present at the meeting, Telugu Desam Party’s (TDP) N Chandrababu Naidu said, “We are asking the EC to respect the mandate of people. It cannot be manipulated.”
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Satish Chandra Mishra alleged that “there is large-scale bungling relating to EVMs in Uttar Pradesh. We demand deployment of central forces”.
The opposition parties also raised concerns over the transportation of EVMs ahead of counting of votes and urged the EC to probe the issue.