“Can Create Anarchic Situation”: Poll Panel To M Kharge On Voter Turnout Data


Reacting strongly to Mallikarjun’s Kharge’s letter to INDIA allies alleging discrepancies in voter turnout data and stating that the credibility of the Election Commission of India is at “an all-time low”, the poll panel has accused the Congress president of making baseless allegations to “create confusion, misdirection and impediments in the conduct of free and fair polls”.

In a sharply worded and unprecedented response issued on Friday, the Election Commission said that Mr Kharge’s letter was in the form of internal correspondence within a political grouping and, yet, he had made it public – a reference to the Congress president posting it on X. Condemning his question: “Could this be an attempt to doctor the final results?” the panel said it could create an anarchic situation, besides doubts and disharmony.

Addressing the allegations levelled by Mr Kharge, who is also the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, point by point, the EC called them “insinuations and innuendos” and an “aggression on vitals of live election operations”.

On the key claims in Mr Kharge’s letter – that the voter turnout increased by around 5.5% in the first phase and about 5.74% in the second phase and that the date was delayed – the EC said there was no delay and pointed out that the updated turnout data has always been higher than what was released on polling day. The commission backed up this claim by releasing a “factual matrix” of data from elections, beginning with the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

“The very premise that voter turnout data was released late is devoid of facts as it has always been available on the Voter turnout APP. Commission has not changed the design or periodicity of displaying voter turnout data in any manner. Needless to add that polling station wise data of electors and voters is given to agent of the candidate on the day of poll itself at close of poll,” the EC wrote. 

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