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Court not place the place all people walks in to get publicity, says SC, dismisses plea over EVM

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The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea by a political celebration which claimed digital voting machine (EVM) had been “controlled” by some firms and never the Election Commission, saying the courtroom will not be a spot the place all people walks in simply to get “some publicity”.

The apex courtroom mentioned the election course of beneath The Representation of the People Act, 1951 is monitored by the Election Commission (EC) and EVMs are being utilized in polls for many years now.

A bench of Justices S Okay Kaul and A S Oka was coping with a petition filed by Madhya Pradesh Jan Vikas Party in opposition to the December final yr verdict of the Madhya Pradesh High Court which had dismissed its plea elevating the difficulty about EVMs.

“It appears that party which may not have got much recognition from the electorate by the result of election process now seeks to get recognition by filing petitions,” the highest courtroom noticed whereas dismissing the plea.

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The bench mentioned EVMs have been in use for a very long time however, periodically, points have been sought to be raised. The counsel showing for the celebration referred to Article 324 of the Constitution which offers with superintendence, course and management of elections to be vested within the Election Commission.

He asserted although Article 324 says every little thing needs to be managed by the EC, the EVMs are being managed by some firms.

“Do you know how many people vote in parliamentary elections in the entire country? It is a huge exercise,” the bench noticed.


It requested whether or not the petitioner needed the courtroom to observe the train as to in what method the EVMs ought to be used.

The counsel mentioned the petitioner needed some checks and balances ought to be there on this course of.

He mentioned the petitioner desires Article 324 be applied in true spirit and every little thing ought to be managed by the EC and never by some firm. They solely desire a free and truthful election course of, the counsel mentioned.


“It is not a place where everybody walks in just to get some publicity,” the bench noticed, earlier than junking the petition.


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