1. Dear Arvind Kejriwal, were all EVMs correct when you won 67 seats in Delhi?

Dear Arvind Kejriwal, were all EVMs correct when you won 67 seats in Delhi?

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to Election Commission, requesting not to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for polling during the upcoming MCD elections.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 14, 2017 6:22 PM
arvind kejriwal kejriwal evem, arvind kejriwal evm, mcd election, mcd elections, mcd polls, kejriwal polls, election commission, kejriwal ec, kejriwal elections, ajay maken, kejriwal aap, aap congress Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister, has demanded use of ballot papers in the upcoming MCD elections. Here he is seen with Dy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia before presentation of the state budget 2017-18 in the Delhi Assembly in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI File Photo)

Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister, has written to Election Commission, requesting not to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for polling during the upcoming municipal elections in the National Capital. Instead, the AAP chief has demanded the use of ballot papers for the polling. Kejriwal’s demand has come in the wake of BSP chief Mayawati’s allegation that the EVMs were tampered in Uttar  Pradesh to effect positive results for the Bharatiya Janata Party.

In a letter to the Election Commission, BSP had alleged, “…several persons had been informing the party (BSP) that grave manipulations have been done in the voting machines by experts of technology and software field  hired by BJP in such a manner that particular number of votes as desired by BJP will get automatically transferred to BJP candidates in every constituency even though they have actually been polled in favour of BSP or other political parties.”

“The manipulation is absolutely clear from the fact that we have received information from counting agents that in several polling booths where more than 40% to 50% Muslim votes were there still almost all votes are being shown to have been done in favour of BJP,” it added.

In response, the EC rejected BSP claim. “The Election Commission has firm conviction and complete satisfaction that EVMs cannot be tampered with.”

Trashing Mayawati’s claim that BJP members tampered EVMs, the EC explained the elaborate process through which it ensures that there is no manipulation of the EVMs. It also said, “On the poll day, a mock drill by casting at least 50 votes is conducted at every polling stations in the presence of the representatives of the candidates/polling agents with their signature and a certificate to that effect is obtained from every Presiding Officer.”

Despite the EC clarification, Kejriwal is another leader who has written to the poll panel. Kejriwal’s move, however, appears to be aimed at creating doubts in the eyes of the voters. Had it not been the same, why AAP has not raised similar concern in Punjab, where Congress party trounced AAP hopes. Not only this, there was no EVM- related issue raised by any party, including AAP, when the latter won 67 out of 70 seats in 2015 Delhi election.

It is interesting that Congress, which won a massive majority in Punjab, is also questioning the use of EVMs. In a letter, Delhi Congress leader Ajay Maken has written to Kejriwal to get the MCD election carried out with ballot papers. Raising concern that Vote Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in EVMs has not yer been introduced to ensure 100% transparency, Maken said, “Fact of the matter is, that serious doubts have croppers up in the minds of the voters as to the free and fair nature of the electoral process.”

The EC has rejected Kejriwal’s demand.

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  1. Bharath Kumar
    Mar 16, 2017 at 7:39 am
    BJP stooges should understand that the Delhi and Bihar elections were held at a time when BJP was high on victories of LS and a few state elections and overconfident of winning elections on Modi wave, but that did not happen. This time around, BJP had no chance to win any elections anywhere and they were aware of it, so they had to tamper the EVMs to get them votes. A,defeat to BJP would have made the party split in the center.
    1. S
      Mar 14, 2017 at 11:08 am
      I think he should change his name to "Always Taken" instead of Ajay Maken .... he is easily tempted to find the simple (and even absurd) ways to complain / win.... by taking the version of maya's complaint ...will he want to challenge for the Punjab Election too, and why not Goa & Manipur too - where Scamgress got max. seats !!!Are they so foolish that these scamgress takes voters for granted !!!!
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        A Chatterjee
        Mar 15, 2017 at 2:33 am
        A bad worker quarrels with his tools. A losing politician complains about the EVM.
        1. J
          Mar 17, 2017 at 5:30 am
          Who are you kidding boss!If currency can be taken out directly from super guarded RBI currency chest, anything is possible in India.Don't underestimate the power of Jugaad.BJP has figured out a way to crack it, no point playing ostrich and ignoring this fact.
          1. Mahesh Kumar
            Mar 14, 2017 at 11:02 am
            Now I have doubt of Arvind's Degree. Same thought like Mayawati. Being graduate from IIT he should have challenge EVMs and demonstrate EC how one can manite EVM. Its really shameful giving a statement like illiterate people
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              Niladri Bose
              Mar 15, 2017 at 1:13 pm
              Its now as clear as daylight that the elections have been rigged by chor modi and his accomplice it shah. Nobody have any doubts about it. The w farce election drama produced by chor modi and directed by it shah and script written by jaitley ketley and financed by chorjit cattle (Urjit Patel) has turned out to be a mive flop show of cheatingbaz brihat juachor party. The main villain of this flop show is not chor modi but the greedy and corrupt S Nasim Ahmed Zaidi appointed as election commissioner by chor modi and whose ry is paid by. Ketleyji. Right now only some long tailed monkeys and kalamukh cadres of cheatingbaz brihat juachor party (bjp) are dancing and jumping to the tunes of the flop show of chor modi. But after the flop show is over I want to remind these s that aiding and abetting election rigging is a serious offence under Indian penal code. Slaves of chor modi should realize early for their own good that Chor modi's junta will not be there after 2019 . After 2019 when chor modi will be booted out by the people of India , 's and monkey cadres of chor modi will be locked up in tihar jail and given Singapori kelas (bananas) to eat. I can ure the monkeys that the new govt will ensure enough stock of bananas so that the monkeys as well as their master that gujrati bearded gadha can live in peace inside tihar so that they can plan the next flop show of election rigging in 2024. By the way these monkeys should go through the following site to update their gaumutra and gobar filled gadha brain to know how easily Indian evms can be tampered, which chor modi has done at evm manufacturing factories of bharat electronics ltd (BEL) located at his chori ka den in gujrat :Indiaevm dot org / qa dot html
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                Prashant P
                Mar 14, 2017 at 11:16 am
                Kerjri you are a anti national hero, funded by some or many NGO to kill the progress of this country. Any activity done to bring this country on to development he is against that, no work but just bak bak
                1. Singamani Kn
                  Mar 15, 2017 at 12:38 pm
                  Sab ke sab phate haalat mein kuchh na kuchh bol ne keliyee surkhiyonme rahne keliye kuchh bhi keh sakte hain BC
                  1. S
                    Mar 15, 2017 at 9:05 am
                    Wait for MCD elections. You will have to repeat your complaints.
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