Plea in SC seeks removal of party symbols on EVMs



A plea has been filed by BJP leader and advocate, Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, in the Supreme Court, seeking a direction to the Election Commission to remove symbols from ballot and EVMs and replace it with 'name, age, educational qualification and photograph' of candidates.

The plea states that the use of party symbol on EVM is illegal, unconstitutional and violative of the Constitution.

The ballot and EVM without political party symbol have many benefits as it will help electors to vote and support intelligent, diligent and honest candidates.

Referring to a study done by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-government organisation working in electoral reforms, the plea said that out of 539 MPs, 233 MPs have criminal cases against them.

There is an increase of 44 per cent in the number of Lok Sabha MPs with declared criminal cases against themselves since 2009, and the root cause of this bizarre situation is the use of political party symbol on the ballot paper and EVM. (PTI)


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