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EC forms panel to probe Karnataka poll date leak

Malviya tweeted that polls would be held on 12 May and counting will take place on 18 May. While he was correct about the date of polling, he got the counting date wrong which will actually take place on 15 May

 New Delhi: The Election Commission today constituted a committee of its officers to probe the matter of alleged leak of the Karnataka Assembly election. The panel’s report will be submitted within seven days. 

Meanwhile, the BJP has defended its IT head Amit Malviya for his tweet announcing the dates of the Karnataka election dates even before the Election Commission had done so.

 A belligerent Congress, on the other hand, has questioned the credibility of the poll panel and said the BJP has become a “Super Election Commission”.
 The committee, which has been asked to submit its report within a week, would also suggest steps needed to prevent any such eventuality in future.

 

In a statement, the poll watchdog referred to a tweet by BJP IT chief Amit Malviya in which he had put out the election date minutes before actually announced the schedule at a press conference.

Malviya tweeted that polls would be held on 12 May and counting will take place on 18 May. While he was correct about the date of polling, he got the counting date wrong which will actually take place on 15 May.

“The Commission immediately directed that the matter be probed and necessary and effective action is taken. Accordingly, Commission has constituted a committee of senior officers of Election Commission to investigate the matter and give its report within seven days.

“The Committee would also suggest steps needed to prevent any such eventuality in future. The Committee set up by the Commission has already sought information from the concerned organisations and individuals, the statement read.

It said Malviya, in another tweet, had attributed a news channel as his source.

In his press conference to announce the poll schedule, Rawat had described the leak as a “very serious” issue that merited a probe and “stringent action”.

He said people can conjecture but noted that as information has been “leaked”, the Election Commission will probe the matter and take “stringent action” both “legally and administratively”.

 

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