MCD polls: Arvind Kejriwal demands use of ballot paper1 min read . Updated: 03 Apr 2017, 09:33 PM IST
Arvind Kejriwal said there are problems on a massive scale with the EVMs
New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday once again raised concern over the tampering of electronic voting machines (EVM’s) and challenged the election commission (EC) to get the machines checked in public.
“According to the law, the same machines cannot be used for 45 days because a petition can be filed. What was the rush that these machines were sent to Madhya Pradesh ahead of time by the EC? The machine was found to be tampered and was used in the Uttar Pradesh elections and raises concerns that the machine was tampered. The second scary thing that the machine shows the correct light but the software is programmed to vote differently," Kejriwal said while addressing a press conference.
This comes after the EC on Sunday, ruling out tampering of EVMs, told AAP to introspect on their party’s performance. AAP had raised doubts of tampering with the commission.
Responding to a question on the upcoming municipal polls in Delhi, Kejriwal said that the commission should consider the use of paper ballots for the polls.
“There are problems on a massive scale with these machines. Where is Indian democracy? People will lose their faith in democracy and elections. If the elections need to be postponed to hold them through paper ballot, then it should be done. There are other countries who have gone back to using paper ballots," Kejriwal said.