New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) is expected to hold a meeting on Monday to discuss and review preparations for the counting of votes for the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections on May 23.
If reports are to be believed, the officials may discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling wherein it had asked the EC to increase the Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips from one Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) per Assembly constituency to five.
Though the exercise of matching EVM results with paper trail machine (VVPAT) slips was being held in various assembly elections, this is the first time it will be undertaken in Lok Sabha polls.
On April 8, the Supreme Court had directed the Election Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs in five polling booths per assembly segment from one booth.
21 Opposition leaders, led by Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, had sought the review of the SC order, saying the increase from one to five is not a reasonable number and does not lead to satisfaction desired by this court.
However, on Tuesday, the apex court junked the review plea and ruled that there would be no increase in EVM-VVPAT verification. The Supreme Court on May 3 had agreed to consider the plea while the Election Commission (EC) had opposed the plea, saying it would take nearly six days to complete the counting of votes.