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AAP to approach EC with demand to hold Gujarat elections using ballot papers

Thursday March 16, 2017 9:58 PM, & Agencies

Ahmedabad: The Aam Aadmi Party Thursday said it will meet the Election Commission with a demand to hold the Assembly elections in Gujarat, due later this year, using ballot papers instead of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

"We will make a representation before the Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat and demand that elections to the state Assembly, scheduled later this year, be conducted through ballot papers instead of EVMs (electronic voting machines)," AAP's Gujarat Incharge Gopal Rai said.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had earlier demanded holding the April 22 Municipal elections in Delhi using ballot papers.

The demands came after a number of political parties including Mayawati's BSP, alleged that the EVMs were tampered during Uttar Pradesh elections. After the allegations were raised, the Congress party demanded from the Election Commission to order a probe.

The Election Commission has however dismissed the contention, and reiterated on Thursday that the EVMs are safe and risk-proof as always.

In a strongly-worded statement, the Commission said "baseless, speculative and wild allegations are being made which deserve to be rejected".

The poll panel said it did not receive specific complaints or concrete material from political parties and candidates about alleged tampering of EVMs during recently held election process.

Meanwhile, Rai said AAP has decided to improve its organisational strength in Gujarat. The party had earlier announced that it will field candidates from all 182 seats, according to PTI.

"We have so far trained 6000 volunteers and will train 20,000 volunteers in the next two months. We will call all our booth-level workers to Gandhinagar on March 26, when Kejriwal will address them," he said.


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