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Gujarat Polls: Supreme Court To Hear Congress Plea For VVPAT Machines

Team SoOLEGAL 24 Oct 2017 3:00pm

Gujarat Polls: Supreme Court To Hear Congress Plea For VVPAT Machines

The Supreme Court of India has agreed to hear this month end a petition by the All India Congress Committee (AICC) Secretary Prakash Joshi, seeking directions to the Election Commission of India or ECI to frame guidelines for counting of votes through VVPAT machines in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly poll and other elections.

A bench comprising of CJI Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khamwilkar and D Y Chandrachud sought the assistance of Attorney General K K Venugopal in the matter which is to be heard on October 30.   

During the hearing, senior lawyers Kapil Sibal and Vivek Tankha, appearing for him, told the bench that this matter was required to be heard expeditiously as the dates for the Gujarat Assembly Elections were expected to be announced soon by the Election Commission of India.

"Let a copy of the petition be produced to the central agency so that we can have assistance of attorney general," the bench said.

The petition said the poll panel should be directed not to post any official, who is facing any inquiry or disciplinary proceedings, in key positions in the districts on contract basis or on extension of time from services.

The plea said they had made representations to the EC in raising these issues but no decision was taken by it. [As reported in PTIN]

Tagged: Gujarat   Supreme Court   AICC   Election Commission of India   VVPAT Machines  
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