In absence of ballot papers, slips from VVPAT machines should be used to double check on the announced results, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal has said. This, he has said, is the easiest thing the Commission can do to win back people's faith.
AAP had already moved a request letter regarding this to the Election Commission. But in absence of a response even a week before elections, the party said it wants the court to intervene.
VVPAT machines dispense a paper slip that helps voters verify if their vote has been correctly recorded by the EVM.
The complaints against the EVMs started after a controversial demonstration of a machine Madhya Pradesh's Bhind district, which was allegedly used in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Pointing to the video demonstration by an election official, the opposition parties claimed it shows EVMs were tampered to favour the BJP.
The Election Commission had said the machine in question was an unused VVPAT machine that was kept in reserve during the elections in Uttar Pradesh. The Commission has also pointed out that the 45-day cooling off period necessary for an EVM is not essential for a VVPAT machine.