New Delhi: The Election Commission on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal's name was correctly enrolled in the electoral list of Delhi, making him eligible to contest Assembly Elections.
On Monday also, poll panel sources had stated that Kejriwal is an elector of Delhi.
"Arvind Kejriwal's name was correctly enrolled in the electoral rolls of Delhi. He is registered as a voter in New Delhi constituency from the address 87, Block K, BK Dutt Colony (Jor Bagh)," EC told the bench.
"Though he had briefly lived at Tilak Marg after taking over the post of chief minister last year, he had applied for a change of address just ahead of the polls, first to VP House on Rafi Marg and then to BK Dutt Colony," the panel said, adding that "now they cannot make changes as it was to be done only before filing of the nomination".
The poll panel submission came amid a plea that the candidature of Kejriwal be cancelled on the grounds of his domicile.
Citing the Representation of the People’s Act (RPA), EC sources had said earlier this week that the matter was settled on the day of scrutiny itself by the Returning Officer who rejected a plea by Congress candidate Kiran Walia that the papers of the former Delhi chief minister be rejected over allegations of change in his residential address.
Sources said that under the RPA Act, Kejriwal is an elector of Delhi and can contest the Assembly Elections scheduled for February 7.
While rejecting the representation made by Walia to delete entry of AAP leader's name from the electoral rolls, the court today asked the poll panel to produce the documents related to the decision taken by it.
The High Court had on Monday sought the response of Kejriwal and the poll panel on Walia’s plea for cancelling his candidature in the upcoming polls for “illegally” declaring himself as a resident of the national capital by changing his residential address.
Walia is Kejriwal's rival from the New Delhi Assembly constituency.
(With PTI inputs)