AAP Moves Plea in Delhi HC to Use VVPAT-Equipped EVMs in MCD Polls

The BJP and the Congress will keep a keen eye on the performance of Independent candidates on 18 December.

A plea was moved on Tuesday in the Delhi High Court by the Aam Aadmi Party seeking a direction to the Election Commission to use Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines attached to EVMs in the upcoming MCD polls in the national capital.

The petition for urgent hearing was mentioned before a bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra, who agreed to hear it on the same day, Tuesday.

The petition filed by Mohd Tahir Hussain, who is contesting as a councillor in the MCD elections, and the AAP, was mentioned by senior advocate Indira Jaising, who urged the court to list the matter for Tuesday in view of the recent alleged incidents of EVM manipulation in various states.

The petitioner sought to know why the Delhi state election commission asked for generation-one EVMs, which are the least secure with minimum security features to conduct MCD election.

They have strongly opposed the use of machines sourced from Rajasthan for the MCD election.

Recently, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had also demanded withdrawal of allegedly tampered EVMs brought from Rajasthan for MCD polls and said only VVPAT-equipped voting machines should be used.

VVPAT is a method of providing feedback to voters using a ballot-less voting system.