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MCD polls: Delhi HC dismisses plea for use of VVPAT with EVMs

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The High on Friday rejected the plea seeking direction to state commission and the Commission of (ECI) to use only second generation of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) with Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in the upcoming civic polls in

The state commission in clearly said the present EVM machines are completely safe/ non- hackable.

The said it is very difficult to replace 13,000 EVM machines in one day so it's better to use M-1 (present EVM) machines.

The (AAP) and the have demanded that the Election Commission conduct the polls using paper ballots instead of EVMs citing the doubts of machines being tampered.

The issue of EVM tampering first surfaced after (BSP) supremo and former chief minister alleged that the (BJP) received a massive mandate in the state because of the fault in machines which led to votes being caste in favour of the saffron party no matter which button the voter pressed.

The VVPAT machine is connected with EVMs and dispenses a paper proof for the voters so that they can verify their vote is cast correctly. In the run up to MCD elections, there has been a heated exchange between and the Election Commission.

Earlier, convener and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had accused the Election Commission of arrogance and not accepting that there could be a fault with the EVMs.

In response, the poll panel challenged that it was not possible to tamper the EVMs.

Delhi president Ajay Maken had also raised the issue and wrote to Kejriwal as well as the state election commission seeking the use of paper ballots.

However, the Election Commission made it clear that the MCD elections will be conducted using EVMs after which the has now demanded the use of VVPAT machines.

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First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 13:48 IST