Leaders of several opposition parties addressed the Election Commission on Monday with the demand for 50 percent EVM results to be cross-checked with voter-verifiable paper audit trails before declaring final Lok Sabha election results.
Leaders of 23 political parties met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa and expressed that the people of the nation doubted the efficiency of EVMs and this issue needs to be redressed.
The Election Commission responded that the concerns raised will be deliberated and examined.
Giving a statement, they said "While considering the averments made by the political parties, the Commission shall also keep in view the pronouncements made by the different courts as well as the report expected shortly from the Indian Statistical Institute on the subject, besides the overall administrative and operational feasibility on the ground, before firming up any response,"
The opposition parties initially demanded to move back to the ballot paper system, but after the EC ruled it out, they are now demanding to match of results of 50 percent EVMs with VVPATs.
The leaders of various opposition parties earlier met in Parliament and discussed their strategy on the issue