CEC : EVMs cannot be vilified in case of result X and deemed okay in case of result Y

The CEC said that the words tampering and malfunctioning are being used interchangeably while there is a distinction between the two.

While speaking to the Indian Express about the recent Assembly elections, the newly appointed Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora said that the Election Commission cannot be made part of political brinkmanship in reference to the controversies created by the political parties during the recent Assembly elections regarding the EVMs.

“ECI would not like to be part of any political brinkmanship,” said the CEC. Arora said that the words tampering and malfunctioning are being used interchangeably while there is a distinction between the two. Our machines are designed in a way that if anyone tries to fiddle with them, they stop working. He said that the machine cannot be vilified in case of result X and deemed okay in case of result Y.

Arora, who was appointed as the CEC on Dec 2 succeeding O P Rawat, said that the stakeholders have a right to criticise but the EVMs cannot be labeled whatever suits a particular stakeholder at a given time.

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

On the question of allegations of partisanship leveled by political parties on the Election Commission, Arora replied,  “My colleagues and I would carry out our duties in conformity with the letter and spirit of the Constitution. The interactions with political parties that I have attended in the Commission headquarters and on our visit to the states have been very pleasant. I cannot account for what one says to the media after stepping out. You should ask them.”

The Election Commission has also faced criticism for the delay in announcing the result for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections. The CEC said that the Commission is not in the race of announcing the result first. Its priority is to get the results correct. “When candidates and their agents ask questions and insist on settling their doubts, then delays are natural,” he said.

The CEC said that he wants that some of the recommendations of the Committee, which was formed for suggesting changes in section 126 of the Representation of People Act, are implemented before the Lok Sabha elections next year.

The Election Commission has also recommended to the Law Ministry that a limit should be laid down on the expenditure of the political parties on their candidates during the elections. Unlimited expenditure of the political parties during elections has been one of the biggest concerns of the EC. The EC had recommended that the expenditure of a party on a candidate for elections should be either 50% or not more than the expenditure ceiling limit provided for the candidate.

As per reports, if the recommendations of the EC are accepted by the government then a political party may not be able to spend more than Rs 25-35 lakh/candidate in case of Lok Sabha elections and not more than Rs 10-14 lakh/candidate in case of assembly elections.

Share This Post and Support:
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.

Most read articles recently

AAP propagandist tweets false claim about Adani Group, deletes due to fear of defamation

Earlier Delhi's Education Minister Manish Sisodia had also tweeted false claim about Adani Group

Rahul Gandhi’s lucrative and seemingly clandestine means of income and his links to scam accused FTIL, Unitech

How does Rahul Gandhi earn to buy land and other properties? A mystery we try to unravel

BJP’s aggressive candidate list for 2019 election like a blizzard on Congress led by Rahul Gandhi

The boldness of BJP is apparent in that it has 21 present Union and ministers of state in the list, alongside the candidature of its party president, Amit Shah from Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

Watch: Embarrassment for Hardik Patel, crowd chants ‘Modi, Modi’ as he addresses a Holi event

Red-faced, Hardik Patel had to stop speaking and left the place soon after

‘Krantikari’ journalist Punya Prasun Bajpai sacked, again, this time from Surya Samachar

Punya Prasun Bajpai and his team of 25 had joined Surya Samachar last month
Prakash Raj was welcomed with pro-Modi slogans in Bengaluru

Actor-turned-politician Prakash Raj greeted with pro-Modi slogans as he went to file his nomination

Prakash Raj seemed visibly miffed with a large number of Modi supporters welcoming him with pro-Modi slogans in Bengaluru

How Caravan and Congress’ attempts to create ‘bribegate’ before 2019 election fell flat

The 'bribegate' that Congress and The Caravan tried to cried falls flat on its face on several counts. 

The Wire journalist wishes Holi with ‘Bismillah’, devout Muslims say it’s against Islam

Celebrating Hindu religious festivals is not the only that triggers abuses and threats from Muslim radicals

Jammu and Kashmir Police officer Imtiyaz Hussain claims his life being under threat after he exposed Pro-Pak Islamists and ‘journalists’

Jammu and Kashmir policeman reveals how certain 'journalists' work hand in glove with the enemies across the border in Pakistan

Netizens share hilarious ‘diary entries’ to mock Congress’ latest shoddy allegations against BJP

Congress shared photocopy of a handwritten note where they claimed Yeddyurappa signed diary entry incriminating himself

Latest articles

Connect with us


Don't miss these

Share This Post and Support: