The Election Commission on Wednesday rejected a demand made by 22 Opposition parties to count VVPAT slips before counting the EVMs in the polling stations wherever this way of counting is possible.
22 Opposition parties led by the Indian National Congress had told the Commission that “if any discrepancy is found anywhere during the VVPAT verification, 100 per cent counting of paper slips of VVPATs of all polling stations of that assembly segments should be done”.
This case was argued by the senior Congress leader and lawyer Abhishek Singhvi before the Commission. Opposition leaders had said that the poll panel assured them to look into their demands by conducting a meeting of full commission but the leaders said that they were not very hopeful since the EC’s “body language was not very positive”. The BJP called this move made by the Opposition parties a desperate attempt to not accept their defeat.