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Kejriwal alleges EVM tampering, asking for postponement of MCD polls

He said paper ballot should be used in Delhi's civic polls to guarantee transparency.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
April 04, 2017: Alleging again that EVMs can be tampered with, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday demanded that Delhi’s civic polls should be postponed if needed to use the paper ballot.
Referring to an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in Madhya Pradesh found to have been manipulated, the AAP leader said the EVM had come from Uttar Pradesh and it raised questions about the BJP’s sweeping win in assembly elections in that state.

Kejriwal said all the EVMs to be used in the April 9 by-election in Madhya Pradesh had come from Govind Nagar constituency in Uttar Pradesh and demanded to know what was so special about Govind Nagar.

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 The Election Commission, he said, had violated its own rules that say that EVMs used in an election can’t be reused for 45 days because someone can petition against the result that would warrant an examination of the EVM.

Delhi’s civic polls are due on April 23 along with a by-election from Rajouri Garden to the Delhi assembly. Kejriwal said the EVMs to be used in Rajouri Garden too had come from Uttar Pradesh.

He said paper ballot should be used in Delhi’s civic polls to guarantee transparency.

And if the civic polls needed to be postponed to ensure the use of the paper ballot, they should be postponed, he added.

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Earlier, when the EVMs were defective, if a voter pressed the button for one party, the light for that would not glow. The voter would thus know the machine was faulty.

“But now the light glows correctly but the vote is recorded in the chip in favor of the BJP.

“So EVMs without VVPAT (paper trail) cannot be checked if they are defective or not.”

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Kejriwal asked the Election Commission to hand over to the AAP an EVM for 72 hours. “We have experts who will check if the chip can be rewritten or not.

“The software in the chips can be changed. This is happening on a large scale.” IANS

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Supreme Court Gives EC Notice, Plea Challenging Jail Term For Questioning EVMs

Ahya contended that such a provision in election rules will act as a deterrent for voters experiencing faults in the EVMs from lodging a formal complaint. 

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"Deviant behaviour of the electronic machine should not go against the electorate and lodging a complaint is an essential ingredient in a continuous exercise for improving the electoral process," Ahya said. Pixabay

 The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Election Commission on a plea challenging the legal provision mandating six months jail for questioning Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

On a petition filed by Sunil Ahya, an SC bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi heard the arguments and issued the notice to the Election Commission.

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“This infringes upon a citizen’s right to freedom of expression, which is a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India,” said the petition. Pixabay

According to Section 49 MA of the Code of Election Rules, if a person files a complaint regarding discrepancy in the EVM, and if after investigation it is found to be false or incorrect, then the complainant can be prosecuted under Section 177 of the Indian Penal Code for “furnishing false information”. This section invites “six months in jail or a fine of Rs 1,000 or both”.

Ahya contended that such a provision in election rules will act as a deterrent for voters experiencing faults in the EVMs from lodging a formal complaint.

Claiming that the provision was not fair and that it will discourage voters with genuine complaints from coming forward, the petitioner said, “This infringes upon a citizen’s right to freedom of expression, which is a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India,” said the petition.

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“Deviant behaviour of the electronic machine should not go against the electorate and lodging a complaint is an essential ingredient in a continuous exercise for improving the electoral process,” Ahya said. Pixabay

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“Deviant behaviour of the electronic machine should not go against the electorate and lodging a complaint is an essential ingredient in a continuous exercise for improving the electoral process,” Ahya said.

The petitioner also included some suggestions to improve the overall electoral exercise. He said, “One of the possible ways to address the issue of reporting the aforesaid discrepancy in the future would be to keep the ballot unit lamp against the blue button of EVM glowing and at the same time, to let the VVPAT printed slip remain hanging in the transparent window without it being automatically cut after 7 seconds, unless and until the voter is completely satisfied and comes out of the polling booth.” (IANS)