Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) ruled that the EVM which is available with the Election Commission of India in a material form and also as sample is an information under the RTI Act.
- As per RTI Act, 2005 – “Information” means 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 and information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public authority under any other law for the time being in force.
- Record includes- any document, manuscript and file,any microfilm, microfiche and facsimile copy of a document, any reproduction of image or images embodied in such microfilm andany other material produced by a computer or any other device.
- The Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners shall be appointed by
the President on the recommendation of a committee consisting of:
✓ Prime Minister, who shall be the Chairperson of the Committee
✓ Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, and
✓ A Union Cabinet Minister