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Election of 75 JMC Corporators challenged
Questions raised on EVMs used in ULB polls
11/14/2018 9:54:16 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Nov 14: Advocate Sanjeev Kumar Sareen of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has prayed for the annulment of entire election process of ULB 2018 and quash the election of all the 75 candidates. The petition has been filed for Advocate Sanjeev Sareen by a battery of prominent lawyers.
Advocate Sanjeev Kumar Sareen before the election to Urban Local Bodies had by an RTI sought information from Chief Electoral Officer regarding type of EVMs that would be used in ULB 2018 elections. The information provided by the CEO in reply to RTI, divulged that M1 EVMs manufactured in the year 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 would be used in the forthcoming elections and M2 EVMs manufacturing year BEL Port 2006 make were used in the last assembly elections.
Since the M1 EVMs, as has been observed by the Apex Court are not tamper proof and can easily be hacked, and on the assurance imparted by the Election Commission of India, these M1 EVMs have been discontinued and discarded and the same have been, as observed, destroyed in the factory premises of the manufacturers, as such by a representation to the CEO J&K, the above named advocate requested for not to use the said M1 EVMs rather the election may be conducted either by ballot paper or by the use of M3 EVMs, those are connected with printers with drop box attached to voting machine for printing a paper trail, which representation was made on 20-09-2018.
Despite the representation, the CEO J&K when was found adamant in conducting the ULB elections 2018 with M1 EVMs, a public interest litigation came to be filed by the Advocate before the J&K High Court on 28-09-2018 in which the CEO J&K was put on notice, without any fear in his mind, he came to conduct the election on 08-10-2018. On 23-10-2018, the Div Bench of the High Court at first came to dismiss the PIL observing "the usage of the electronic Voting machines in the municipal elections J&K in the petition put forth by the petitioner, since the election was already over, the matter appeared to be rendered infructuous."
Sanjeev Kr Sareen Advocate now has come to challenge the election of all the 75 elected candidates besides the State of J&K, Election Commission of India, CEO J&K, District Election Officer, Jammu and Jammu Municipal Corporation before the Authorised officer.
Besides the aforesaid submissions made in the petition, Advocate Sanjeev Kumar Sareen has further alleged the corrupt practices that have been committed in reaching their illegal goals particularly when the State govt, during the Model Code of Conduct transferred the Tehsildars, gave bonus to SPOs and above all full salary of one complete month has been given to all the employees of the state who were engaged in the election process, which salary is above the salary which every employee generally receives.
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