“BJP becomes the ‘Super Election Commission’ as they announce poll dates for Karnataka even before the EC”

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The Election Commission of India has come under fire after the BJP’s social media head accurately announced the poll date for Karnataka assembly elections even before the official announcement.

Amit Malviya had announced on Twitter that Karnataka will vote on 12 May. He had not attributed his information to any media outlets.

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Minutes later, Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat announced the exact date in his press conference. Rawat, however, said that counting will not take place on 18th May as informed by Malviya, but on 15 May. Rawat also said that strict action will be taken against Malviya after due investigation.

Tuesday’s development has further cast a shadow on the poll panel’s neutrality. There have already been allegations that the India’s electoral processes were being continuously rigged by the current BJP dispensation in India. The Congress was quick to attack the EC calling the BJP the new ‘Super Election Commission.’ The party’s chief spokesperson, Randeep S Surjewala, said, “BJP becomes the ‘Super Election Commission’ as they announce poll dates for Karnataka even before the EC. Credibility of EC is on test. Will EC now issue notice to BJP President, Amit Shah & register an FIR against BJP IT Head for leaking EC’s confidential information?”

The topic also dominated the social media conversations with journalists and experts expressing similar sentiments against the EC. Many concluded that what happened on Tuesday will reinforce the doubts that the EC was no longer a neutral constitutional body.

The Election Commission of India has announced the poll dates for the upcoming Karnataka assembly polls. Speaking to reporters, Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said that the polls will be conducted in single phase on 12 May.

Date of notification will be 17 April 2018 with the last date of nomination being 24 April. The counting will take place on 15 May.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Dangerous precedents are being set. The BJP does not realize that the very same things they do today will come back to haunt them in due time.

  2. This portal like most other portals will only show one side of the story. The fact is that Karnataka Congress social media in-charge Srivatsa YB also announced the schedule at the same time is conveniently not reported. Rifat Jawaid what is the axe that you are grinding?

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