The Election Commission has rejected Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s request of using ballots in the upcoming Delhi Municipal Corporation. The confirmation was given by state Election Commissioner SK Srivastava who confirmed that EVMs will be used in the MCD polls. The election for three municipal corporations of Delhi will be held on April 22. The body constitutes of 272 seats, with NDMC and SDMC accounting for 104 seats each, while 64 seats fall under EDMC. The counting of votes will take place on 25th April.
Delhi Chief Minister wrote a letter to the Chief Secretary this morning asking Election Commission to use old ballot method instead of the EVMs. His request came in after Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken wrote a letter to the Delhi Chief Minister requesting him to opt for ballot papers instead of EVMs in the corporation polls. He posted an image of the letter on Twitter along with a caption that read as, “Many are doubting EVMs-Not prejudiced-nor casting aspersions on results; I want @ArvindKejriwal to hold MCD elections through Ballot Papers.”
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The entire drama around the EVM machines that were introduced in 1999 in parts and have been used completely since 2003, started whenBahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati had accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of tampering with the EVMs and demanded a fresh poll through ballot papers after losing the Uttar Pradesh elections miserably. BSP which was banking on its Dalit votes in the state managed to win just 19 seats while BJP recorded a historic figure of 325.
However, senior BJP leaders like Arun Jaitley have called these allegations baseless. Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party which made its debut in Punjab and Goa this year also failed to make a mark. In Punjab, even though AAP finished in the second spot, it just managed to win just 20 seats which were way less than 77 seats won by Congress.