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Delhi Municipal elections 2017: EC rejects Congress, AAP's demand, Voting by EVMs only

Delhi Govt In A Note Sent To EC Has Asked Opinions On EVMs On Which The Commision Said, Rules Need To Be Changed For Using Ballots Paper In MCD Polls And There Is Not Enough Time Left As Elections Have Been Declared.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Shashikant Sharma | Updated on: 14 Mar 2017, 06:51:56 PM
Delhi Municipal elections 2017: EC rejects Congress, AAP's demand, Voting by EVMs only

New Delhi:

Delhi State Election Commission on Tuesday has rejected Congress and Aam Adami Party's demand of using ballot paper instead of EVMs in MCD polls.

Delhi govt in a note sent to EC has asked opinions on EVMs on which the commission said, "Rules need to be changed for using ballots paper in MCD polls and there is not enough time left as elections have been declared."

"But if govt. wants, LG has the power to decide." 

"We have informed the govt that voting is schedulled to be held on 22nd April, and productions of ballot boxes has stopped so the printing and we check EVMs twice. we have discussed this with all parties," state Election Commission said in its press conference in Delhi on Tuesday.

"But the final call will be taken by the govt."

Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal demanded to hold MCD elections through ballot paper instead of EVMs. Kejriwal directed the Delhi chief secretary to make all necessary preparations regarding the polls. 

Congress leader Ajay Maken has also demanded use of ballot paper instead of EVMs in MCD polls. 

The all EVM dramma started after BSP supremo Mayawati's allegetions of EVM fraud in recent Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

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First Published : 14 Mar 2017, 06:08:00 PM

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