EC asks AAP to approach HC for vote verification
The Election Commission on Sunday told the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court if it wants verification of votes cast in the Punjab assembly polls with voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT). In a letter to the AAP, the EC wrote: "As regards your demand for verification of votes cast in EVMs in Punjab state legislative assembly with paper trail data of VVPAT, your attention is invited to Rule 93 of the Conduct of Elections Rules 1961."
According to the law, the control units "sealed under the provisions of rule 57C and kept in the custody of the District Election Officer shall not be opened and shall not be inspected by, or produced before, any person or authority except under the orders of a competent court".
"Hence, you are informed that after declaration of result only alternative available to verify the data of votes cast is to file an election petition before the competent court, that is, high court concerned," the EC said.