Supreme Court to hear plea to replace Voting Machine Party (EVM) symbols

The plea indicated that the ballot and the EVM without a political party symbol had many advantages.

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court is due to hear a plea on Monday asking the Election Commission to remove party symbols from ballots and electronic voting machines (EVMs) and put age, education and photograph instead. candidates.

The plea said such a move will help voters vote and support smart, diligent and honest candidates and “check the dictatorship of political party leaders in ticket distribution.”

The motion is expected to be heard before a bench consisting of Chief Justice UU Lalit and Justices SR Bhat and Justice Bela M Trivedi, according to the Oct. 31 list of causes uploaded to the Supreme Court’s website.

The plea filed by Attorney Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay also sought instructions to declare that the use of party symbols on EVM is illegal, unconstitutional and unconstitutional.

The plea, filed through lawyer Ashwani Kumar Dubey, said the best solution to root out corruption and criminalization in politics is to replace political party symbols on ballot papers and EVM with the name, age, diploma and photographs of the candidates.

He said polling and EVM without a political party symbol has many advantages as it will help voters vote and support smart, diligent and honest candidates.

“Polling and EVM without political party symbol will control the dictatorship of political party bosses in distributing tickets and force them to give tickets to those who work religiously for the welfare of the people,” the plea reads.

Referring to a study carried out by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-governmental organization working on electoral reforms, the plea indicates that out of 539 MPs, 233 (43%) declared criminal charges against themselves .

“Of 542 winners analyzed after the 2014 election, 185 (34%) had declared criminal charges against themselves and of 543 winners analyzed after the Lok Sabha election in 2009, 162 (30%) had declared criminal charges penalties against themselves.

“There is a 44% increase in the number of Lok Sabha MPs with criminal charges filed against themselves since 2009, and the root cause of this bizarre situation is the use of political party symbols on ballot papers and the EVM,” the plea said. .

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