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‘Your Alliance With NDA’: Many Slam EC Over Twitter Poll On The ‘Most Remarkable’ Feature of Lok Sabha Election

"EC campaigning for BJP. That option is missing."

From allegations of aligning with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to internal fights among members, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has been heavily criticised by many during the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. On May 24, Friday, the ECI posted a poll on its official Twitter account to ask social media users about the most remarkable feature of the Parliamentary elections. The ECI was trolled, and people even mentioned that they had “lost faith” in the constitutional body.

“What in your opinion is the most remarkable feature of this Lok Sabha Election?” the ECI asked. The four options in the poll were: 1) Electors, Officials, Infra, 2) VVPAT, 3) Voter participation and 4) Contesting candidates. Of the 8,223 votes polled, 36 per cent voted were for voter participation while six per cent (the minimum) votes were for contesting candidates.

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In response to the poll, many criticised the ECI, pointing fingers at their unfair bias in favour of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, in particular:

On May 22, Wednesday, the ECI had posted an OpIndia article which claimed that electronic voting machines or EVMs could not be hacked — the article allegedly was based on a post on Quora. Later, the commission deleted the tweet after social media users underlined that the right-leaning digital news portal had been known to post fake news. Even when the ECI posted the poll on Friday, several users reminded them that they should not have used the OpIndia piece as a reference. The commission posted the article after news of alleged EVM rigging and swapping surfaced from different parts of the country.

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