SC denies to entertain congress’s plea of recounting of paper trail

Last Modified Friday, 15 December 2017 (17:53 IST)
New Delhi: As the nation eagerly awaited the results of the Assembly elections in Gujarat, the on Friday declined to entertain a petition of the Pradesh Congress Committee seeking a direction to the of India to count and cross verify at least 25% of the VVPAT (Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) with the (Electronic Voting Machines) votes. 

December 18 is set for the counting of votes for the Assembly polls in and Himachal Pradesh.A bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, did not find any merit and dismissed the plea of the Gujarat Congress.The bench, however, observed that the Gujarat Congress can approach the apex court by filing a for electoral reforms.

While refusing to entertain the petition filed by the Gujarat Congress, the apex court observed, it can not interfere with exercise of power by the Election Commission."Electoral process in a democracy is of utmost importance & it can't interfere only to allay apprehension of a party," the bench held in its order.

Gujarat Congress on Friday approached the Supreme Court, seeking its direction to count and cross verify at least 25% of the VVPAT paper trail with the EVM votes. 
The apex court heard the VVPAT matter this afternoon.(UNI)