According to a summary of positions taken by various national and state parties at the August 27 meeting, documents pertaining to which have been perused by TOI, DMK, Janata Dal (Secular), Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal and TDP – all of which made a joint petition to EC last week demanding 50% match of EVM-VVPAT count and 100% match where winning margin was less than 5% of votes cast – did not reject EVMs outright but suggested alterations in system of paper trail count.
Currently, EVM count for one randomly-selected polling station per assembly constituency is tallied with VVPAT slips.
Congress – which led the delegation of over 20 opposition party leaders who raised EVM concerns before EC on February 1 – had questioned EVM credibility at the August 27 meeting, citing instances of EVM malfunction and votes allegedly going to a particular party. Its representative suggested that deployment of old versus new EVM models be made public and no less than 30% of paper trail be counted. This, even as the grand old party noted that reversion to ballot paper was needed to restore integrity of the electoral process.
While Trinamool demanded return of ballot paper, BSP wanted EC to clarify on the percentage of VVPAT slips be counted while adding that it was better to revert to ballot paper.