Seeking substitute for EVMs, AAP chief Kejriwal demands postponement of MCD polls

Kejriwal has urged the State Election Commission to postpone the upcoming MCD polls by a month or two until provisions could be made to use VVPAT-equipped machines along with EVMs, which AAP feels have been tampered with in recent elections.

In the wake of charges of tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal has urged the State Election Commission to postpone the upcoming MCD polls by a month or two until provisions could be made to use VVPAT-equipped machines along with EVMs.

Kejriwal's newly-found confidence comes from the Uttar Pradesh State Election Commission's step, demanding local body elections be held through ballot papers.

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  1. Flanked with Sanjay Singh, Alka Lamba, Ashutosh and other AAP leaders, Kejriwal came out of the Delhi Election Commissioner's office a little after 6 pm on Friday and said, "I have demanded VVPATS. The state election commission has said that they will write to the Chief Election Commissioner. But since the process was time-taking, we requested for a postponement of the polls. But the Commission clearly refused to entertain that."
  2. Kejriwal also demanded that if at all old machines had to be used, they must be allowed to check its strength before the election in front of the cameras.
  3. Sources told India Today that the Commission was not quite keen on that, but that they were exploring what the possibilities could be.
  4. Earlier, State Election Commissioner SK Srivastava said, "When the demand for polling through ballot papers was raised, we sent our comments on all the secured points of EVMs to the Delhi government. The Commission has made all preparations for the polls, keeping in mind use of EVMs only. If the government wants voting to be held through ballot papers in MCD polls, rules have to be amended first as we are governed by rules."
  5. EVMs were used in MCD elections in 2007 and 2012. Bypolls to some municipal seats were also conducted in 2013 and 2016 through EVMs.

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