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EC rejects demands of Maha assembly poll on ballot papers

Mumbai, Sep 18 (UNI) Chief Election Commissioner of India (CEC) Sunil Arora on Wednesday rejected the deamnds of Maharashtra Opposition parties not to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) in upcoming state assembly elections, while saying that that “ballot papers are history now.”

While talking to media persons after having meetings with the representatives of various political parties, Mr Arora said, "A few political parties have asked for voting through the ballot papers… We have politely but firmly told them that it is not possible as ballot papers are history now.”

He added that the ECI is following successive judgments of the Supreme Court on this issue and will continue the same policy in the matter of counting of votes as in the last Lok Sabha polls.

Today, during the meetings, the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and others met the Election Commission of India (ECI) top brass and made the demand, among others, in Mumbai.
Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena and NCP have sought a hike in election expenditure limits and concessions in mandatory advertisement rates, to which CEC Arora stated the government would take a decision on the same after discussing the issue with concerned officials.
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