Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed its plea for using Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT)-enabled EVM machines in the municipal polls scheduled for April 23.
Justice A K Pathak rejected the petition saying no such direction can be issued at the “eleventh hour” as it could amount to “stalling the elections”.
During the arguments, the court had asked the state election commission (SEC) of Delhi why it did not opt for new generation paper trail EVMs in view of the Supreme Court’s observation, The Indian Express reported.
The SEC, represented by advocate Sumeet Pushkarna, had opposed the plea arguing that huge expenditure was required to acquire the machines and that procurement of about 13,000 VVPATs was being considered.
VVPAT is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The voters see voter-verifiable paper audit trail slip for seven seconds.
In 2013, the Supreme Court had said that the Election Commission must introduce the new machines called VVPATs in phase and 2019 national election must be run entirely with these upgraded machines.