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AAP Urges Election Commission to use VVPAT Machines in Bawana By-poll

After the meeting, also attended by AAP leader Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh tweeted, “Met the Chief Election Commissioner along with Sanjay Singh Ji. He assured us that he would implement VVPAT machines and tally 5% of the counted votes.”

Uday Singh Rana | News18.com

Updated:July 24, 2017, 5:26 PM IST
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AAP Urges Election Commission to use VVPAT Machines in Bawana By-poll
AAP leader Ashutosh. (Picture courtesy: Twitter)
New Delhi: Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh on Monday urged the Election Commission of India (ECI) to use the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines in at least 5% polling booths in the assembly segment in the upcoming Bawana by-poll in Delhi.

In a letter that Ashutosh personally delivered to Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Jyoti, he wrote: “The Election Commission of India may recall its own decision dated July 5, 2017, to compulsorily tally paper trail slips of Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines with the results of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in five per cent of polling stations in each assembly seat for all State and Lok Sabha elections.”

A copy of the letter has also been marked to the Delhi State Election Commissioner.

“The Bye election of Bawana Assembly Constituency of Delhi is due any time now. The Bawana Bye election provides an ideal opportunity for the Election Commission of India to practically implement the decision to tally VVPAT paper trails with EVM results. The Aam Aadmi Party requests the Election Commission of India to use the EVMs with VVPAT machines for the Bawana Assembly Bye-election and implement the decision of counting and tallying of paper trails in five percent booths,” the letter further read.

After the meeting, also attended by AAP leader Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh tweeted, “Met the Chief Election Commissioner along with Sanjay Singh Ji. He assured us that he would implement VVPAT machines and tally 5% of the counted votes.”

In a reference to reports that there was an EVM malfunction in an election in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district, he said, “We spoke about faulty EVMs in Buldhana. The CEC has asked the state election commission for a report on the matter.”

The Bawana Assembly Constituency of Delhi fell vacant after AAP MLA Ved Prakash, who won the seat in 2015, resigned from the assembly in March this year to join the BJP.

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| Edited by: Mirza Arif Beg
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