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EVM row: Delhi HC rejects AAP plea for VVPAT in MCD polls

Delhi High Court said it cannot pass such an order at the last minute

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Poll officials check EVMs. Photo: PTI

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

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 process.

The plea, filed by the as also by Mohd 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.

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

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

First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 02:57 IST