EC cautions Congress chief Kharge on comments about voter turnout information, terms it as attempt to ‘push biased narrative’


In a five-page response with a collection of annexures, the ballot panel rejected costs of mismanagement and delay within the launch of voter turnout information within the first two phases of the Lok Sabha elections.

The Election Commission on Friday took sturdy exception to Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge’s letter to opposition leaders over voter turnout information, terming it an attempt to ”push a biased narrative” beneath the guise of looking for clarifications.

It additionally dubbed Kharge’s letter an ”aggression on the vitals of reside conduct of elections”.

In a five-page response with a collection of annexures, the ballot panel rejected costs of mismanagement and delay within the launch of voter turnout information within the first two phases of the Lok Sabha elections. It termed Kharge’s allegations ”unwarranted”, ”with out information” and ”reflective of a biased and deliberate attempt to unfold confusion”.

”Utterances from the president of a nationwide political get together attacking the very credibility of the electoral steps and processes can have a unfavourable impression on voter participation and will be seen as a method to deter an elector from exercising their franchise and/or demoralizing the large variety of election workers and equipment which is principally drawn from the respective State Governments,” the EC advised Kharge.

The ballot panel mentioned whereas Kharge was free to categorical considerations with leaders of different events, making the letter public raised query marks on the intention. It suggested the Congress veteran to ”train warning” and ”chorus” from making such statements.

The fee condemned Kharge’s assertion by which he questioned whether or not the delay in releasing voter turnout information was an ”attempt to physician the ultimate outcomes”.

The ballot panel mentioned it discovered Kharge’s letter, positioned within the public area in the midst of the continued electoral course of, ”extremely undesirable” and designed to create confusion, misdirection, and obstacle to the conduct of clean, free, and honest elections.

”Through innuendos and insinuations, the contents of the submit have a tendency to create disharmony in respect of the fragile house of election administration, can plant doubts within the minds of voters and political events and probably create an anarchic state of affairs once you mentioned ‘might this be an attempt to physician the ultimate outcomes?’ which this Commission hopes you wouldn’t have any intention of,” the EC mentioned.

In a collection of annexures, the ballot authority additionally gave a factual matrix on adjustments in voter turnout tendencies throughout totally different phases of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and subsequent meeting elections. It underlined that booth-wise voter turnout information is accessible with all contesting candidates and advised that Congress ought to have analysed the information earlier than levelling allegations.

In his letter to INDIA bloc leaders, Kharge had mentioned that ”aside from the delay, the voter turnout information launched by the Commission doesn’t point out essential but associated figures, such as the votes polled in every Parliamentary Constituency and in the respective Assembly Constituencies.” 

He mentioned if the voter turnout information was printed inside 24 hours of voting together with the essential figures, then individuals would have identified if the rise of ”5%” had been witnessed throughout constituencies or solely in constituencies the place the ruling regime had not carried out nicely within the 2019 elections.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by DNA workers and is printed from PTI)

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Nilesh Desai
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