Delhi HC Rejects AAP’s Plea for VVPAT EVMs in MCD Polls

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The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) plea for the use of paper trail voting machines in the municipal polls scheduled on 23 April, saying it cannot pass such an order at the last minute.

Justice AK Pathak said an order for use of VVPAT (Voter-verified paper audit trail)-enabled Generation 2 or Generation 3 electronic voting machines (EVMs) cannot be issued at the eleventh hour as it would amount to stalling the election process

The plea, filed by the AAP leader Mohd Tahir Hussainm, who is a candidate in the MCD elections, has contended that the EVMs to be used in the polls were obsolete and open to tampering.

During the arguments before dismissing the plea, the court asked the state election commission of Delhi why it did not opt for VVPAT EVMs, in view of the Supreme Court's observation in Subramaniam Swamy's case that such machines should be brought into use in a phased manner.

In its arguments, the Delhi poll panel said the question raised by the AAP on the use of EVMs in the MCD polls was sending a wrong message to the voters.