Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on March 3, speaking about the recent EVM controversy, once again expressed his doubts over the security features of the Electronic Voting Machines. He gave an example from Madhya Pradesh wherein machines with the Voter Verified Audit Slip Facility or VVPATs were dispensing slips with the BJP symbol irrespective of which button was pressed,
While addressing a press meet ahead of the municipal polls in the national capital, which are scheduled for April 23, he alleged that all the voting machines that are to be used in the Delhi civic elections and bypolls across the country are brought from Uttar Pradesh.
â€śThere are a lot of machines in India, then why are machines coming from UP? 300 EVMs were brought in from Govind Nagar from UP for Madhya Pradesh bypolls,â€ť he said.Â â€śTechnically, EVMs canâ€™t be used or shifted 45 days from poll results. So what was the Election Commissionâ€™s compulsion?â€ť he added.
Kejriwal asked the Election Commission to hand over the EVMs to his party for 72 hours. “We have experts who will check if the chip can be rewritten or not. The software in the chips can be changed. This is happening on a large scale.” he said.
He reiterated his choice for ballot paper in the upcoming Delhi Municipal Committee Polls to ensure transparency, and for this, if the MCD elections needed to be postponed, they should be postponed, Delhi Chief Minister added.