In March this year, the Election Commission filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court that contained lies or obscured the truth, and thus misled the court. ADNAN ABIDI / REUTERS
Documents accessed by The Caravan show that in March this year, the Election Commission filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court that made blatantly false claims.
The EC submitted the affidavit in response to a petition filed by 21 opposition parties, seeking instructions to the electoral watchdog to verify 50 percent of the Electronic Voting Machine results with the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail slips.
On 8 April, the court rejected the petition, relying heavily on the EC’s affidavit, which was filed by Sudeep Jain, the deputy election commissioner.
Among other falsehoods, the affidavit claims that there had not been any mismatch in the VVPAT and EVM tallies conducted in the past two years, and that the EC had only received one complaint about a VVPAT recording an incorrect vote since 2013.