AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal has once again asked that EVMs be replaced with ballot papers. He had first claimed that tampering was done with the EVMs on a large scale, when his party had lost the Punjab elections. He claimed that elections will not be ‘free and fair’ like they are supposed to be if the use of EVMs is continued.
The municipal elections are already slated to be held on the 23rd of April. But Kejriwal demands that they be postponed to a later date until issue of tampering with EVMs is resolved. He has also challenged the Election Commission to give him seventy two hours, within which he claims to be able to prove that the machines have been tampered with.
Kejriwal said that VVPAT machines to be used in the Rajouri Garden polls, are being transported to the state from Uttar Pradesh. He says this is against the general rule that machines cannot be used in an election immediately, if they have been used for another election recently. Generally, a gap of forty five days is maintained between two elections which use the same machines.
During a trial at Bhind, it was found that regardless of the symbol selected, the machines credited the votes to BJP. This led the opposition to mount an attack on the BJP, claiming they were rigging the machines in order to win the elections.
The software used to tamper with the machines is highly sophisticated, claims Kejriwal. While Governor Anil Baijal has denied the request to replace the EVMs with ballot paper, there seems to be no backing down on the issue from the AAP party either. They have stoically refused to let the issue die down, with Kejriwal and other leaders of the party holding press conferences regarding the same.