Delhi is voting today to elect 272 members of the three civic bodies, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter and claimed that several reports of EVMs malfunctioning are being reported in the national capital. He said, “Reports from all over Delhi of EVM malfunction, people wid (sic.) voter slips not allowed to vote. What is SEC doing?” However, the State Election Commission (SEC) has already said that it has ensured adequate security arrangements have been made for a smooth conduct of polls. Kejriwal, who has been against the use of EVMs in elections, had earlier said that he fears 5 to 10 per cent EVM tampering during the MCD polls and also urged people to vote for his party heavily to overcome this issue. He was speaking to IANS. Kejriwal also said in the same report that he was very sure that EVM tampering was the only reason behind his party’s defeat in Punjab Assembly polls and the same would be tried during the civic body polls in Delhi.
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Kejriwal said that the Election Commission had earlier agreed to let us check the EVMs before Delhi elections, but later said that they could be checked only after the polls. “Why not earlier,” he had then asked. Meanwhile, in the ongoing voting for the MCD polls today, according to a report published by CNN News18, around 20.5 per cent voter turnaround was recorded till 12 noon. Voting was the slowest in East Delhi where only 24,759 out of 31,60, 325 votes were polled.
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The run-up to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls saw a high decibel campaigns by the three major parties including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress. Other parties including former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav’s Swaraj India, Shiv Sena, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and several independent candidates are also in the fray for the ongoing polls. The major concerns for people in the national capital are electricity, water availability and cleanliness and all parties have promised to address these issues.