Has the Election Commission of India been compromised?

The Hush Post: The Election Commission of India announced the dates for the Karnataka Assembly Elections. As per the notification issued by the EC, the state will go to polls on May 12, and counting of the votes will take place on May 15.

In a huge shocker, however, the head of the BJP’s IT Cell, Amit Malviya, in a tweet, declared the dates before the official EC notification had been issued. In his tweet, Mr. Malviya had tweeted both the polling and the counting dates. When asked how he got the information before the EC made it public, Mr. Malviya said that he picked it up from a news channel and tweeted the same. Mr. Malviya, however got the polling dates wrong and later deleted the tweet.

The tweet that was sent out by Amit Malviya, Head of the BJP's IT Cell
The tweet that was sent out by Amit Malviya, Head of the BJP’s IT Cell

Outraged over the issue, many journalists gathered at the Election Commission Office in New Delhi and raised the matter with the Chief Election Commissioner, Mr. O.P. Rawat. They questioned how was it that a political party had access to highly sensitive information.

Talking about the issue, Mr. Rawat said “We will find out what happened and a full investigation will be launched. Let us not speculate on what they have.”

Assuring that the EC would undertake a thorough investigation and would not take the matter lightly, Mr. Rawat also said “Certain things may have leaked for which the Election Commission will take appropriate action. It will be investigated. Be assured that actions legally and administratively befitting will be taken.”

Reacting to the tweet, Randeep Surjewala, Chief Spokesperson of the Indian National Congress tweeted: 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 Election Commission has been under fire by the opposition over allegations of favouring the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Tampering of EVMs has also been a major issue in most of the polls that have been conducted across the country.

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