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TDP urges ECI to count 50% VVPATs

The TDP has urged the Election Commission of India (ECI) to initiate steps to count 50% of the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) for enhanced transparency and accountability.

Addressing the media here on Tuesday, Minister N. Amaranath Reddy dubbed the general elections as the biggest bungling in the post-independent India and lashed at the centre for systematically meddling with the functioning of all the constitutional and autonomous bodies.

“There were deliberate attempts to discourage voting and, in spite of that, people turned out in large numbers,” he said.

He wondered how the voter display meant to show details for seven seconds could be tuned to three seconds, which, he said, created doubts in the minds of the voters.

“It is our demand to count at least 50% of VVPAT slips,” he said.

Former MLA M. Sugunamma said women voters stood steadfast in support of the party. TUDA chairman G. Narasimha Yadav said the TDP was fighting to ensure that similar situation did not recur in other States going to the polls.

“The EC has the responsibility to clear the air and prove its independence and autonomy,” he said.

Source: thehindu.com

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