Congress Moves SC, Seeking Paper Trails And CCTV Recording Of Gujarat Polls

| October 24 , 2017 , 12:46 IST

As the high-stakes Gujarat elections approach, the Congress has submitted a plea in the Supreme Court seeking its direction to the Election Commission to use voting machines with paper trails (VVPATs) in the Gujarat polls and to install CCTV cameras in each polling booth to ensure a fair election.

A Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud has sought the response of the Election Commission to the petition filed by Prakash Joshi, the secretary of the All India Congress Committee, posting the case for hearing on October 30.

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In the petition, the Congress has also sought the court's direction to the EC to not involve any officials in the election process that are currently facing any inquiry or disciplinary proceedings.

"Issue direction to install CCTV cameras inside the polling booths to watch the mobility of persons inside and such video has to be displayed along with the number of votes polled outside the polling booth on a display board," the Congress petition said.

"In order to ensure free and fair election in the state of Gujarat, it is imperative to have unbiased officers in key positions. The EC has not responded to the representation that they should not deploy any officers facing any disciplinary proceedings or inquiry for the election process or executive positions in the district," it said.