A PIL filed before the Gujarat High Court has sought that the state election commission (SEC) declare local body polls and that it should be conducted through ballot paper in absence of VVPAT machines in the state.
The petitioner Imtiyaz Khan Pathan through advocate KR Koshti has filed a petition alleging that the state election commission in a reply to an RTI said they don’t have VVPAT machines for the polls.
The petitioner has prayed in absence of VVPAT machines local body elections should be conducted through ballot paper.
The petitioner has also sought direction from the Gujarat High Court to get a status report about the written representation made by the petitioner before the state election commission on January 1, 2021.
The petitioner has cited the Supreme Court judgment of Subramaniam Swami versus the Election Commission of India.
Argument about VVPAT and local body polls
Election Commission of India on September 19, 2017, directed all the state election commissions of the country to ensure that the VVPAT system is used with EVMs at all the polling stations in future Parliament and State Legislative Assembly elections.
The petition said that ECI and SEC both are constitutional authorities under the constitution of India.
The petitioner further said that he had submitted a written representation before the SEC on January 1, 2021, however, authorities have not responded to the same.
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