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Info relating to voting can't be disclosed under RTI:EC to HC

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As reported at indopia.in on August 25, 2009

 

New Delhi, Aug 25 (PTI) The Election Commission today told the Delhi High Court that information pertaining to voting in election cannot be revealed under the RTI Act.

 

The Commission's submission came while challenging the Central Information Commission's order directing it to reveal timing of each poll cast in an election to an information seeker under the transparency law.

 

"Confidentiality of voters have to be protected at any cost. It would be very easy to find out voting pattern if such informations are revealed,"advocate Meenakshi Arora, appearing for the Commission, submitted before Justice Sanjiv Khanna.

 

She said EC has no control over the information stored in the Electronic Voting Machines as it itself cannot access to information without the Court's order."We are under law precluded from having access to the information. We have custody of the machines but we don't have custody of the information containing in the machine,"she said adding the Commission can break the seal of the machines only if an appropriate court directs it.Challenging CIC's order, the Commission contended that it cannot provide the information to information seekers as it did not have control over it.

 

Source: National : Info relating to voting can't be disclosed under RTI:EC to HC : 660145

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