Delhi HC Rejects PIL Against SEC’s First-Level EVM, VVPAT Inspection Ahead of 2024 LS Polls

The Delhi High Court today dismissed a petition challenging the actions of the State Election Commission concerning the initial examination of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) before the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

The court refused to entertain the plea brought before it and granted the petitioner permission to withdraw the current petition and file a fresh one.

The petitioner had sought directions against the State Election Commission’s conduct, alleging irregularities in the process of conducting First-Level Checks (FLCs) on EVMs and VVPATs. However, the court stated that the petitioner’s demand for directions against the State Election Commission doesn’t hold ground.

The court emphasized that the officials were working in line with the directives of India’s Election Commission.

The Delhi Congress Committee’s President, Anil Kumar, had filed the plea in the Delhi High Court, raising concerns about the lack of adequate notice for conducting FLCs and asserting that political parties were not adequately prepared for this process.

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The petitioner had requested the court to direct the State Election Commission to provide sufficient notice and subsequently, to re-conduct the FLCs.

The plea also alleged that the process adopted for initiating FLCs in the previous month was not transparent and was contrary to the instructions of India’s Election Commission.

This decision by the Delhi High Court comes amidst the backdrop of preparations for the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections and the concerns raised by the petitioner regarding the fairness and transparency of the election process.