The Supreme Court of India dismissed the petition filed by the Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Sachin Pilot which sought for specific directions regarding voters list and Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPAT). Two Congress leaders in their petitions claimed that there was a huge number of duplicate voters existing on the voters’ list and requested the same to be made available by the election commission to ensure “free and fair elections”.
Their pleas were unsuccessful. A bench comprising A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said:
“We have dismissed these petitions.”
Kamal Nath in his petition claimed that as many as 60 lakh names on the voter list of Madhya Pradesh are invalid and duplicate. This came ahead of the state assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh to be held on November 28. Kamla Nath had also presented the representation before the election commission in this regard. Additionally, the petition also prayed for the VVPAT slips to be verified with the votes counted in at least 10% of the polling stations in each assembly constituency, which is to be selected randomly.
To this, Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, who is representing the election commision submitted that a large number of duplicate entries were already cleared by the EC, even before the matter was taken up by the Congress leaders.
Five states will go into polls at the end of this year. Elections in Madhya Pradesh will be held on 28th November, while Rajasthan votes on December 7.