Supreme Court junks plea on VVPAT matching with EVM?
The Supreme Court of India recently rejected a plea to match Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). This decision allows the Election Commission of India to continue using EVMs without VVPAT in upcoming state and national elections. The court concluded that VVPAT slips cannot be matched with EVMs due to time constraints and technical challenges. The decision has been met with criticism from opposition parties, who argue that VVPAT verification is essential for free and fair elections. However, the court asserted that the risk of tampering with EVMs is minimal and trust in the country's electoral system remains intact. Despite the controversy, the Supreme Court's decision has paved the way for the use of EVMs in upcoming elections.