Kejriwal doubts EVMs, wants ballot papers in Delhi municipal polls

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Mar 2017 09:21:38


NEW DELHI,

Mar 14,

(PTI),

AFTER BSP supremo Mayawati, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday doubted reliability of electronic voting machines as he sought use of ballot papers in next month’s municipal polls in the national capital.


Following a directive from Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Secretary M M Kutty, in a letter to the State Election Commission, asked it to hold the municipal elections through ballot papers. But the Election Commission, after announcing that the polls will be held on April 22, said very little time was left to use ballot papers and that certain rules will have to be amended to shun the electronic voting machines (EVMs).


“The Chief Minister has directed the chief secretary to ask the state election office to hold MCD elections through ballot papers,” a source in the CM’s office said.


The move comes close on the heels of Mayawati questioning the “reliability” of EVMs. She had alleged that they were tampered with in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, where her party suffered a debacle. Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken also threw his weight behind Kejriwal as he asked the Chief Minister to take steps to ensure that EVMs are not used in the elections. “Many are doubting EVMs-Not prejudiced-nor casting aspersions on results; I want @ArvindKejriwal to hold MCD elections through Ballot Papers,” he had tweeted.