Arvind Kejriwal says 'no' to EVMs in DMC Polls

Posted March 14, 2017

AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has expressed reservations about electronic voting machines and sought the use of ballot papers in the upcoming civic body polls in the national capital.

Meanwhile, State Election Commissioner S.K. Srivastava said that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) would be used in the upcoming elections in Delhi.

The Election Commission informed that the election would take place on April 22 while the results would come out on April 25.

On Tuesday, he even put out the letter he had written to Kejriwal to get the MCD elections conucted through ballot paper and not EVMs.

The state Election Commission will announce the date for the MCD polls today. Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Admi Party Arvind Kejriwal had said that he has a doubt on the EVMs which may manipulate his votes to the BJP who are also in the fray.

Earlier, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati had accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of tampering with the EVMs.

He also said that with the new faces, BJP shall contest the civic elections with the motto of better and attractive Delhi. The importance of this will be better appreciated, if it is remembered that in every General Election, the number of invalid votes is more than the winning margin between the winning candidate and the second candidate, in a number of constituencies.

The AAP had managed to almost sweep the Delhi Assembly elections of 2014, winning 67 of the 70 seats in the House, while only three of them went to the BJP. "The programmes used in these EVMs is burnt into a one-time programmable chip so that it can not be altered or tampered with", the Election Commission said in its reply to Mayawati. She had alleged that they were tampered with in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, where her party suffered a debacle.