The Aam Aadmi Party's plea for the use of paper trail voting machines in the upcoming municipal polls was dismissed by the Delhi High Court today. The court underlined that it can't pass a sweeping order when voting for civic bodies is just a couple of days away.
Justice A K Pathak said an order for use of VVPAT (Voter-verified paper audit trail)-enabled Generation 2 or Generation 3 electronic voting machines (EVBMs) cannot be issued at the eleventh hour as it would amount to stalling the election process.
The plea, filed by the AAP as also by Mohammad Tahir Hussain 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.
AAP vs ELECTION COMMISSION OVER EVM
Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal has been at war with the Election Commission over the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the April 23 MCD polls. Kejriwal has claimed that EVMs are not tamper proof.
The Election Commission has rubbished Kejriwal's claims and has thrown an open challenge to hack the voting machines. The Election Commission has called experts, scientists and technocrats try and hack the EVMs. The 10-day 'hackathon' is scheduled to begin in the first week of May.
Opposition parties, including the Congress, Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) have also backed Kejriwal's stance. The parties came together over the issue particularly after the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) emphatic victory in Uttar Pradesh Assembly election.