Delhi municipal polls on April 22, EVMs to be used

March 14 (ANI): The general election to three municipal corporations of Delhi will be held in April.

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday alleged that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were tampered during the recently conducted assembly polls in the five states which ultimately resulted in his party's dismal show especially in Punjab.

Kejriwal has directed Chief Sec¬retary M M Kutty to write to the State Election Commission in this regard.

"I want Arvind Kejriwal to hold MCD elections through ballot papers", Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said on Twitter.

"The Election Commission unequivocally reiterates that given effective technical and administrative safeguards, electronic voting machines (EVMs) are not tamperable and integrity of electoral process is preserved", the EC said in a statement.

AAP's Jarnail Singh, who lost to former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal from Lambi, also demanded use of ballots in the elections ahead.

"The dates have been assigned accordingly".

With the announcement, the Model of Code of Conduct has come into force.

Outlining the BJP's strategy, Tiwari said the party will give an opportunity to the youth and no present councillor - or their family members - will get BJP tickets for the civic elections.

The party has already declared candidates for 248 of the 272 municipal wards.

"The polls to the three municipal corporations of Delhi will be held on April 22 and counting will take place on April 25", he said.

Phoolka said the party would keep a close watch on all decisions taken by the newly-elected Congress government in Punjab and would perform the role of a constructive and active opposition.

This was announced by state Election Commissioner SK Srivastava at press conference.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati today chose to move court against the alleged tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and observe a "black day" every month against the "murder of democracy" by the BJP.

"Mayawati charged that the BJP victory in UP polls smacks of "dishonesty" and "fraud" and" After we did not get a proper reply from the Election Commission on our complaint lodged with them soon after the results were announced on March 11, the party has made a decision to go to court in this matter so as to save (the country) from such a fraud in the future and save democracy", she said. The Commission had countered the allegation stating that the machine was stolen from EVM warehouse in Mumbai and modified by the activists.

  • Leroy Wright