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No relief for AAP on modernized EVMs for MCD polls

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The High on Tuesday refused to give immediate relief to the (AAP) in its plea seeking direction to use Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) installed Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in the upcoming Municipal Corporation of (MCD) polls.

The has also issued a notice to the Commission of (ECI) and state commission seeking them to file a reply in two days.

The questioned the as to why it was approaching it at "11th" hour for getting MCD polls conducted via VVPAT machine EVMs.

Earlier today, a plea was filed by regarding the same.

The filed by Mohd. Tahir Hussain and the sought to know why the state commission asked for generation one EVMs to conduct MCD elections, which are least secure.

Recently, Chief Minister Kejriwal, who has been vouching for conducting upcoming municipal polls through ballot paper citing EVM rigging, has demanded that the civic elections in the capital be postponed by a month.

Kejriwal urged that till arrangements are made to use VVPAT-equipped EVMs, polls must be deferred.

The Chief Minister yesterday met the State Commissioner on the issue of EVMs and put his demand.

However, the SEC rejected the proposal, saying there was no provision to postpone the elections. Kejriwal insisted, under the DMC (Municipal Corporation) Act, the Centre has the power to extend the tenure of the civic bodies by one year.

VVPAT is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip drops in a box but the voter cannot take it home.

The MCD elections are scheduled to be held on 23rd of this month.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 18 2017. 17:22 IST
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