New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party on Monday expressed fear that the MCD poll results, to be declared on April 26, could be "rigged". The party claimed that the proof lies in the exit polls predicting a BJP win.
[blurb]The AAP alleged that the Election Commission "deliberately" used old electronic voting machines (M1 and M2 models), even though new generation M3 machines were at its disposal.[/blurb]
AAP Delhi convenor Dilip Pandey termed the MCD polls, held on Sunday, as the most "mismanaged" election ever.
However, the poll watchdog maintained that all the EVMs were tamper-proof and the latest variants had additional features such as 'tamper detection' and 'self diagnostics'.
[quote]"If this (BJP sweep) is what the exit polls are saying, it is clear that the EVMs have been tampered with and these fake exit polls are being put out to prepare a ground for the rigged results.[/quote]
"Lakhs of generation 2 and generation 3 EVMs were available with the Election Commission which were VVPAT equipped. But, generation 1 machines were deliberately used to ensure that the VVPATs (voter-verifiable paper audit trail) were not used," Pandey told PTI.
The VVPAT-equipped EVMs dish out a paper slip which helps a voter confirm that his vote has indeed gone to the candidate of his choice.
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Asked about the party's expectations in the MCD polls, a senior AAP leader, on the condition of anonymity, admitted that it was not confident of pulling off a huge victory but claimed that the exit poll predictions were "highly exaggerated, if not absurd".
[blurb]"I am not saying we will win all the three corporations. But, from the feedback we have received, it would be a travesty if the exit poll predictions turn out to be true. There is no BJP wave and our campaign on sanitation and corruption did create an impact," he said.
According to the EC, the 'tamper detection' feature makes an EVM inoperative the moment anyone tries to open it, while the 'self diagnostics' feature checks its hardware and software every time it is switched on.
The India Today exit poll predicted that the BJP will get over 200 wards out of 272, followed by Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party, which is expected to get over 25 wards.
(With PTI inputs)