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MCD elections 2017 dates announced

MCD elections 2017 dates have been announced. The State Election Commission announced the date for MCD Elections 2017 at 5 pm in a press conference today.

The general election to three municipal corporations of Delhi will be held on 22 April 2017. The results will be announced on 25 April.

Meanwhile, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to the Chief Secretary asking to direct the state Election Commission to use paper ballots instead of the EVMs in the MCD polls.

Congress leader Ajay Maken has also written to the Election Commission to urging them to conduct the municipal polls through ballot papers and not EVMs after there have been reports that the machine can be tampered with. Maken had earlier advised the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal to hold the MCD elections through ballot papers and not EVMs.

“Not prejudiced-nor casting aspersions on results, I want Arvind Kejriwal to hold MCD elections through Ballot papers,” Ajay Maken said on Monday.

After the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election results on March 11, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati had accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of tampering with the EVMs and demanded a fresh poll through ballot papers. Mayawati also said that she would write to the Election Commission to conduct fresh polls in the state.

The Election Commission had refuted Mayawati’s claims of BJP tampering with the EVMs at polling stations. The EC had said that the EVMs cannot be tampered with.

“The machine is both mechanically and electronically protected to prevent any tampering/manipulation. The programme used in these machines is burnt into a one time programmable chip so that it cannot be altered or tampered with,” the EC said in its reply to Mayawati.

“These machines are not networked either by wire or by wireless to any other machine or system. Therefore, there is no possibility of its data corruption,” it added.