Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who hasn’t made any public appearance since Aam Aadmi Party’s loss in Punjab and Goa, wrote to the chief secretary on Tuesday asking the Election Commission to conduct Delhi Corporation polls using ballots instead of EVMs. His request came after Delhi state Congress President Congress Ajay Maken wrote a letter to Arvind Kejriwal asking him to conduct the elections through a secret ballot. The letter also stated how he is empowered and why should he do so.
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Ajay Maken also posted an image of the letter on social media website Twitter. His tweet read as, “My Letter to Kejriwal to hold Delhi Municipal Elections through Ballot Paper- It also indicates how he is empowered and why should he do so?” It will be interesting to see if the Election Commission actually takes the request into consideration or not.
After a humiliating loss in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati accused BJP of murdering democracy and said tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) was responsible for her party’s poor showing. She said no matter what buttons were being pressed, all the votes were going in BJP’s account. “Either the EVMs did not accept votes other than BJP, or the votes of other parties have gone to BJP in the EVMs,” she added by demanding re-voting in the state.
The Electronic Voting Machines or EVMs were introduced in India’s General and State Elections in part from the 1999 elections and completely in 2004 elections. It replaced the earlier used method of paper ballot system and was tipped to save both time of casting the vote and its counting.