EVM is ‘information’ under Right to Information Act, rule Central Information Commission

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The Central Information Commission (CIC) has said that an electronic voting machine (EVM) is “information” under the Right to Information Act and it can be demanded by a citizen from the Election Commission (EC) by paying Rs. 10.

This indicates that whenever an RTI is filed, the Election Commission (EC) has to either provide it or reject it only the exemption clauses in the RTI Act and the rejected cases can also be taken to the CIC.

The decision was taken by Sudhir Bhargava- Chief Information Commissioner (CIC). He took into consideration the definition of information under Section 2(f) of the RTI Act which comprises “any material in any form, including records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form.

Central Information Commission :

The Central Information Commission (CIC) set up under the Right to Information Act is the authorised body, established in 2005, under the Government of India to act upon complaints from those individuals who have not been able to submit information requests to a Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer due to either the officer not have been appointed, or because the respective Central Assistant Public Information Officer or State Assistant Public Information Officer refused to receive the application for information under the RTI Act.