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India: Election Commission Moves Supreme Court to Get Voting Machines Back

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Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00

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VOTE, ELECTION, INDIA

India, the largest democracy, is also home to the largest electronic voting process whereby EVMs or electronic voting machines are used for voting, replacing the ballot system. The Supreme Court of India, vide an order from last year had extended the time for complaints arising from elections, owing to COVID-19. This decision has essentially rendered the voting machines from elections in States/Union Territories of Assam, Kerala, NCT of Delhi, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal unable to be deployed for further elections owing to the time gap for claims on the same being extended. The ECI wants to set a deadline for filing election petitions in these states and union territories. By order dated March 23, 2020, the Supreme Court directed that the statute of limitations in all such proceedings, irrespective of the period of limitation prescribed under general law or Special Laws be extended until further order/s are issued. In the application, it is said that in the most recent elections, the Election Commission of India limited the number of electors in a polling station to 1000 electors in order to maintain proper physical distancing during polls. Keeping social distancing would require additional machines, stated the ECI.

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