In a major setback to the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government just two days ahead of the MCD polls, the Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed AAP’s plea to use Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail-enabled Electronic Voting Machine.
The AAP on April 19 moved the Delhi High Court seeking the use of Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines along with the EVMs for the upcoming MCD polls
Observing that “election process cannot be interfered with at eleventh hour”, the Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed the petition moved by AAP and one of its candidates for use of EVMs with paper trails in the upcoming MCD polls.
In my view, it would not be possible to give any such direction to use EVMs with VVPAT at 11th hour,” said Justice A.K. Pathak.
“Any such direction would amount to interfering with the election process,” he added.
The court passed the order after hearing hour-long arguments on petition moved by Mohd Tahir Hussain, AAP’s candidate for the MCD polls from Nehru Vihar ward and also the party itself as Petitioner no. 2.
aising said the EVMs compatible with VVPATs were used in Uttar Pradesh and Goa polls and the Election Commission of India has 13,000, apart from additional 3,000, second-generation EVMs with them.
Raising concern over the EVM security, Jaising said: “There is a demonstrable problem in Dholpur in Rajasthan — no matter what button you press, the vote will go to the BJP.”
The VVPAT is connected with EVMs and dispenses paper proof so that voters can verify that their vote has been cast correctly.
The AAP and the Congress say that the EVMs without VVPAT can be tampered with.