NEW DELHI, March 29 - The Election Commission today asserted in the Supreme Court that 21 Opposition leaders have been unable to raise any ground for altering the existing system of random counting of the VVPAT slips from one polling booth per Assembly segment which was �found to be most suitable� after due studies and tests.
The EC sought dismissal of their petition seeking that VVPAT slips of at least 50 per cent of voting machines in each Assembly constituency be checked randomly in the Lok Sabha elections next month.
�Any further increase in the sample size of verification will lead to very negligible gain in the confidence level, which currently is way above 99.9936 per cent,� the poll panel said.
It said issues raised by them have already been considered, studied and determined and the decision has been taken to conduct the present elections by adopting the prevalent system of counting of VVPAT slips.
The EC, asked on March 25 by the apex court to give its view on increasing the number of random sample surveys from one booth per Assembly segment, said that in the future elections it may consider suggestions for further improving the holding of polls in free and fair manner.
�It is submitted that with the imminent election issues raised in the instant petitions are matters that have already been considered, studied and determined by the Election Commission of India and have since culminated in adopting the course of conduct of the imminent election in the present manner,� the EC said in its affidavit.
It said the writ petition filed by 21 Opposition leaders, led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, �does not raise any ground or base for altering the existing system at this juncture and it is accordingly prayed that the present system as decided to be adopted for the imminent elections be continued with and the petition dismissed. �
The poll panel maintained that it is always open to bringing about any improvements that would further the cause of free and fair elections,. � PTI