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Karnataka Poll-Date Fiasco: All Parties Concerned Submit Responses To EC

During Tuesday's press conference CEC O.P. Rawat was informed by journalists that purported dates for the polls had already been put out by some TV channels and on social media.

The Election Commission issued a statement today saying they had received a responses from all parties concerned in the course of an inquiry into the schedule of the Karntaka assembly polls being leaked prior to an announcement.

All parties mentioned in the ‘terms of reference’ of the order constituting an inquiry committee have submitted their responses to the Election Commission.

The question of an inquiry committee came about after the press conference during which the CEC was to announce dates for the Karnataka assembly polls. News channels and party workers on social media had got the dates for polled correct, but had erred on the counting dates.

During Tuesday’s press conference CEC O.P. Rawat was informed by journalists that purported dates for the polls had already been put out by some TV channels and BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya. Rawat assured journalists that “certain things may have leaked for which the EC will take appropriate action” after an investigation into the matter..

However, the order into the investigation did not carry Malviya’s name in the ‘term of reference’ at all. Those who had to be questioned as part of the ‘term of reference’ included ‘the media’, Srivatsa Y.B. (Karnataka Congress social media in-charge) and a ‘Kannada channel owned by a @BJP4India MP’.

The matter also raised serious doubts over the credibility of the Election Commission with CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury echoing the concerns of many when he tweeted that the “institution and the sanctity of India’s democratic processes is at stake. Nothing less than exemplary punishment for the BJP would help restore public faith,” he said.

The 224 seats in Karnataka will go to polls on May 12 while the counting is slated for May 15.

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