Just before the start of elections, the Supreme Court of India has issued key directives to the Election Commission of Indian (ECI) on the VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) slips. The apex court opined that there is no need to count fifty percent of VVPAT.
But the court ordered the Election Commission to count at least 5 VVPATs instead of 1 in an assembly constituency and 35 VVPATs under a Lok Sabha constituency. Congress, TDP and about 20 political parties have approached the Supreme Court over the VVPAT slips as they suspect irregularities in the Telangana assembly elections.
Initially the oppositions have knocked the Election Commission over VVPAT. But the EC took the issue very light and so the oppositions reached the top court. After hearing arguments on behalf of the oppositions and the Election Commission, the Supreme court issued fresh directives.