Plea Seeks Turnout Data Within 48 Hours Of Poll Phases, Supreme Court Says...

The matter has been listed for hearing on May 24, a day before the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

The petitioner had sought an urgent listing.

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response within a week from the Election Commission on a plea by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) seeking a direction to upload polling station-wise voter turnout data on its website within 48 hours of the conclusion of polling for each phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

A bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra assembled at 6.30 pm to hear the plea of NGO Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on the issue.

The Chief Justice said the poll panel should be given some reasonable time to respond to the plea and listed it for hearing before an appropriate bench during the summer vacation on May 24, a day before the sixth phase of the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls.

Earlier in the day, advocate Prashant Bhushan mentioned the matter on behalf of the NGO and sought urgent listing of the petition.

Last week, the NGO filed an interim application in its 2019 PIL seeking directions to the poll panel that "scanned legible copies of Form 17C Part-I (Account of Votes Recorded)" of all polling stations be uploaded immediately after the polls.

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