HC dismisses AAP’s plea to use EVMs with VVPAT in civic polls

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Delhi High Court
Delhi High Court

New Delhi, April 21: The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed the Aam Aadmi Party’s plea to use second-generation EVMs with paper trail in the April 23 civic polls in the national capital.

Justice A.K. Pathak declined AAP’s plea saying: “It would not be possible to give any such direction, as it would amount to interference in election process. The plea is dismissed.”

The AAP and its candidate Mohammad Tahir Hussain had approached the High Court for using second generation EVMs attached with Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in the elections to the capital’s three municipal corporations.

The State Election Commission has opposed the plea, saying the petition was filed to stall the election.

The Election Commission maintains that EVMs can’t be tampered with.

The VVPAT is connected with EVMs and dispenses paper proof so that voters can verify that their vote has been cast correctly. The AAP and the Congress say that EVMs without VVPAT can be tampered with.

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