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Qualification of candidates on EVM instead of name, symbol? SC asked the views of AG, SG

By PTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought to know the views of the Attorney General and the Solicitor General on a PIL which asked the Election Commission to remove symbols from ballot papers and EVMs and replace them with ‘name, age, educational qualification’ Asked for a reference. And candidates photo.

A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramaniam asked the petitioner BJP leader and advocate Ashwani Upadhyay to give a copy of their petition to Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General, without issuing any formal notice to the Center and ECI. Tusshar Mehta.

The bench said, “You send the copy to AG and SG and then we will see. We are not issuing notice at the moment.” During the brief hearing, the bench asked senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for Upadhyay, to ask if there were objections to the election symbol on electronic voting machines (EVMs).

Singh said that he has written a letter to the Election Commission but received no response.

He said that the petitioner wants these details on the EVM to find out how popular the candidate is.

Singh further stated that he has conducted an investigation in Brazil where one gets numbers to contest elections and no symbol.

The bench again asked Singh how the election symbol affects the electronic voting process in any way and Singh replied that he would explain based on the next date of hearing.

The petition filed by Upadhyay has also sought directions to declare the use of the party’s symbol on EVMs as illegal, unconstitutional and violative of the constitution.

It said that the best solution to the corruption and criminalization of weed in politics is to replace EVMs with the names, ages, educational qualifications and photos of political party symbols and candidates.

The petition further states that Ballot and EVMs without political party symbols have many advantages, as it will help voters to vote and support intelligent, hardworking and honest candidates.

The plea states that ballots and EVMs, without the symbol of the political party, would control the dictatorship of political party owners in ticket distribution and force them to give tickets to religiously-minded people for the welfare of the people.

Referring to a study by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-governmental organization working on election reforms, the plea stated that out of 539 MPs, 233 (43 per cent) have declared criminal cases against themselves. .

“Of the 542 winners analyzed after the 2014 election, 185 (34 per cent) had declared criminal cases against themselves and 162 (30 per cent) out of 543 winners analyzed after the 2009 Lok Sabha elections had criminal cases against them. Cases were declared.

The petition states that the number of Lok Sabha MPs has increased by 44 per cent since 2009, with criminal cases declared against them, and the root cause of this bizarre situation is the use of political party symbols on the ballot and EVMs, “the petition stated in .

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