Thursday, November 05, 2009

EVM info can't be revealed under RTI Act: HC

The Delhi High Court has held that information stored in Electronic Voting Machine(EVM) cannot be made public under the RTI Act. Justice Sanjiv Khanna set aside the order of the Central Information Commission which had asked the Election Commission to reveal information in EVM to an information seeker under the transparency law.

"Right to information is an important right. At the same time, maintaining secrecy and confidentiality of the ballot papers is also an equally valuable right," the court said. The Court passed the order on a petition filed by the Election Commission
challenging the CIC's order which had directed it to provide information pertaining to which were noted down from electronic voting machines.

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