The Supreme Court on Friday refused to urgently hear a public interest litigation (PIL) which seeks cancellation of Lok Sabha elections and terms the use of electronic voting machines (EVM) unconstitutional.

The petitioner questioned provisions under 61 A of the Representation of the People Act, arguing that the voting machines should not have been allowed in the recently concluded elections. The petitioner sought a re-election through paper ballot.

Earlier, 21 opposition parties had filed pleas seeking 50% verification of the EVM but the petitions were dismissed. The Supreme Court had directed the Election Commission of India to increase Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails (VVPAT) verification to five EVMs from one EVM in each assembly segment of a parliamentary constituency.

The vacation bench, comprising Justices Ajay Rastogi and Surya Kant, asked the lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma, who filed the PIL, to approach the Registrar for listing the case.

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