SC declines Congress’ request seeking 20% vote count via VVPAT in Gujarat

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The Supreme Court on Friday declined the Gujarat Congress’ request to direct the Election Commission to match the VVPAT paper trail with the results from at least 20 percent EVMs deployed across the state, which went to polls in two phases on December 9 and 14.

“We can’t substitute the decision of the Election Commission unless you demonstrate that the poll panel’s decision is either arbitrary or not in accordance with the law,” said a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud.

Congress made the request after exit polls on TV channels suggested the BJP is headed for a landslide victory in Himachal Pradesh trouncing the incumbent Congress and retaining power for a sixth consecutive term in Gujarat.

The apex court also wondered how it can discredit the decision of EC unless there is something to substantiate apprehensions of the petitioner.

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