New Delhi: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday criticized the state election commission (SEC) over EVM malfunctioning in Delhi’s MCD Elections 2017. Kejriwal blamed that people with voters slips were not allowed to vote.
Arvind Kejriwal tweeted stating that “Reports from (sic) all over Delhi of EVM malfunction, people with voter slips were not allowed to vote. What is SEC doing?”
Kejriwal made this remarks as some unconfirmed reports stated that a few EVMs malfunctioned in Delhi’s Mongolpuri and East Delhi region.
There is no doubt that Delhi’s CM Arvind Kejriwal has been at war of words with the Election Commission ever since the results of the Punjab and Goa elections came out recently. Supporting BSP supremo Mayawati’s allegations of EVM tampering after UP elections results, the AAP leader openly alleged that the Election Commission was favoring the BJP party and the EVMs were being assembled to benefit BJP.
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Arvind Kejriwal had been demanding a paper ballot voting method in Delhi since long. The Election Commission denied the demand of AAP Party. After Kejriwal’s continued onslaught, other parties also joined the same chorus against EMVs. Meanwhile, the Election Commission had hit back saying the party needed to find the causes for Punjab election loss.
After the loss of AAP Party in Punjab and Goa assembly elections, winning the Delhi’s MCD elections is of highest importance for AAP Party especially when their candidate lost badly in the recently held by-polls of Rajouri Garden.
Meanwhile, in the Delhi municipal polls, a low poll turnout has been recorded so far. Till 1:30 PM, around 29% voting was recorded by voters of Delhi. According to the sources, it is expected that the poll turnout will increase when the voting is closed.
The results for Delhi’s MCD elections will be announced on April 26, 2017.