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Supreme Court Rejects Plea Demanding Removal of Political Party Symbols from EVMs | Latest India News

New Delhi: An election is integrally tied to the political party backing a particular candidate, the Supreme Court observed on Tuesday as it refused to uphold a petition calling for the party symbol to be removed from electronic voting machines (EVMs).

A bench, led by India’s Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, observed that a candidate’s merits cannot be completely separated from their party since voters keep these two factors in mind when voting.

Furthermore, the bench, which also included Judge Bela M Trivedi, added that all anti-defection law is based on the connection between a candidate and the political party he is contesting.

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“If the candidate was nominated by a political party and his name appears with the party symbol, what is wrong or abhorrent in that?” asked the bench, as it refused to receive a PIL filed by attorney Ashwini Upadhyay.

Upadhyay’s petition called for the inclusion of a candidate’s name, age, qualification and photograph instead of the party symbol, as this would allow voters to make an informed choice.

During the hearing, Attorney General R Venkataramani objected to the plea stating that the EVM came in at the end of a ballot process and voters choose their candidate long before that. Additionally, he argued that all of a candidate’s details must be disclosed in advance.

The bench then proceeded to dismiss the petition noting that the Electoral Commission could consider Upadhyay’s suggestion and make appropriate decisions.