Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party National Convener Arvind Kejriwal met with the Delhi State Election Commission to urge the body to not use Generation 1 EVMs manufactured before 2006 to conduct the Municipal Corporations of Delhi election. The polls must be conducted with EVMs with the VVPAT machines and if not, with paper ballots even if that means the election has to be delayed by a few days. The delegation to meet the SEC included senior AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh, Ashish Khetan, Dilip Pandey, Atishi Marlena, Raghav Chadha and MLA Somnath Bharti.
After the meeting, the Chief Minister said while speaking to the media, “The Supreme Court said in 2013 that elections will be more credible if they are conducted using VVPAT machines. The UP State Election Commission has also written to the Central Election Commission that it does not wish to conduct local body elections using Generation 1 EVM machines because they are unreliable. If the CEC does not allow that, the UP SEC will seek permission to conduct elections using paper ballots. The CEC has also admitted that Generation 1 machines are unreliable. In this context, why is the Delhi SEC insisting on conducting the MCD elections using Generation 1 EVMs? Why has it specially brought in Generation 1 EVMs from Rajasthan? It was these Generation 1 EVMs which were found to be registering votes only for BJP in the Dholpur by-poll recently. We have also told the Delhi SEC that the CEC does possess new EVMs which are more reliable and that they be used in the MCD elections.”
He also added, “Under the provisions of Delhi Municipal Corporations Act, Section 4, the polls can be delayed if the Centre permits it. If VVPAT machines cannot be arranged in the short period until the elections, the SEC should use Section 4 to delay the elections. This is imperative to save India’s democracy.”