SC seeks EC response on plea for release of voter turnout data within 48 hours of Lok Sabha polls

The CJI said the poll panel be given some reasonable time to respond to the plea and listed it for hearing before an appropriate bench.

ByPTI

Published May 17, 2024 | 9:38 PMUpdatedMay 17, 2024 | 9:40 PM

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Friday, 17 May, sought a response within a week from the Election Commission (EC) on a plea by an NGO seeking a direction to upload polling station-wise voter turnout data on its website within 48 hours of the conclusion of polling for each phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

A bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra assembled at 6:30 pm to hear the plea of the NGO Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on the issue.

The CJI said the poll panel be given some reasonable time to respond to the plea and listed it for hearing before an appropriate bench during the summer vacation on 24 May, a day before the sixth phase of the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls.

Earlier in the day, advocate Prashant Bhushan mentioned the matter on behalf of the NGO and sought urgent listing of the petition.

Last week, the NGO filed an interim application in its 2019 PIL seeking directions to the poll panel that “scanned legible copies of Form 17C Part-I (Account of Votes Recorded)” of all polling stations be uploaded immediately after the polls.

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