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

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

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

The State Election Commission has opposed the plea, and said that the petition by AAP was filed to stall the election due on April 23.

The AAP and its candidate Mohammad Tahir Hussain had approached the High Court for using Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in the polls of three municipal corporations.

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.

Recently SC had sent notice to EC over the matter. The EC had written to Center to release funds to produce VVPAT for general elections of 2019. Following it, cabinet has approved funds for the same.

Wefornews Bureau

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