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Doubt on Lok Sabha results, 11 candidates from across the country applied to Election Commission for verification of EVMs

Ritul Pandey

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EVM machine (symbolic photo)

A total of 11 applications for EVM inspection have been filed with the Election Commission from across the country. Applications have been filed with the Election Commission to check the faulty memory and micro controller unit of EVMs. Interestingly, 3 out of 11 applications are from BJP candidates. While Congress has two and YSRCP has one application. Sujay Vikhe Patil of Maharashtra has paid for EVM checking. The Election Commission did not have any rule to check EVMs in this manner. Thus, the Election Commission had no system, process to demand verification by payment. But as per the direction given by the Supreme Court, the Election Commission will have to consider Sujay Vikhe’s demand.

A petition was filed in the Supreme Court for 100% VVPAT verification. The Supreme Court, while disposing of the petition, rejected the demand for 100% VVPAT verification. But some instructions were given. According to Article 141 of the Indian Constitution, the instructions of the Supreme Court have the status of law. Since the Election Commission is acting as a tribunal, the instructions of the Supreme Court are binding on the Commission.

What was the Supreme Court’s direction?

Any candidate can object to EVM. If an objection is raised on EVM in any constituency, then five percent of EVM machines of the concerned constituency will be inspected. While checking the EVM machine, its burnt memory, micro controller unit will be checked. A team of expert engineers of the EVM manufacturing company will do this work. The candidate who objects to this will have to bear the entire cost of EVM verification. The court said that the official request for VM verification should be made within seven days of the declaration of the result. Currently, Rs 21 lakh paid by Sujay Vikhe is the cost of technical verification of EVMs.

The Election Commission has fixed the SOP for this on June 1, 2024. Accordingly, state election officials are required to issue notice to EVM manufacturing companies within 30 days of filing of application for EVM verification. EVM manufacturing companies have to announce the EVM inspection schedule within two weeks of receiving the notification.

There is a total period of 45 days to challenge the entire election process in court. Currently, the deadline to challenge the verdict in court expires on July 19, 2024, as the verdict was pronounced on June 4. The Election Commission has directed that the process of EVM inspection be completed before that.

The next EVM machine verification will be done in Sujay Vikhe’s Ahmednagar constituency

Location- Number of EVM machines

  • Shevgaon-5
  • Rahuri-5
  • Parner – 10
  • Ahmednagar city – 5
  • Shrigonda – 10
  • Karjat Jamkhed -5
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