The Telegraph
Friday , April 21 , 2017

Too late, HC says, throwing out AAP plea for use of paper trail in April 23 civic poll

New Delhi, April 21 (PTI): The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed the Aam Aadmi Party's plea for the use of paper-trail voting machines in the municipal elections scheduled on April 23, saying it cannot pass such an order at the last minute.

Justice A.K. Pathak said an order for the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) equipped with VVPAT or voter-verified paper audit trail cannot be issued at the eleventh hour as it would amount to stalling the election process.

The plea, filed by the AAP as also by Mohd Tahir Hussain, who is a candidate in the elections to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, 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 court asked the state election commission of Delhi 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.

Delhiā€™s election commission said the question raised by the AAP on the use of EVMs in the MCD polls was sending a wrong message to the voters.


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