Election Commission to probe leak of Karnataka poll date

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) OP Rawat addressing presser in New Delhi, March 27, 2018. PTI

New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) OP Rawat addressing presser in New Delhi, March 27, 2018.

The Election Commission has ordered a probe into the Karnataka Assembly election dates being tweeted allegedly even before it had announced it. The tweet came from the BJP’s IT cell chief Amit Malviya, leading the Congress to dub the BJP a ‘Super Election Commission’.

The Election Commission has constituted a Committee of senior officers that will give its report in seven days. The Committee will also suggest steps needed to prevent missteps in future.

“Today during the announcement of Karnataka Assembly Election, 2018 by the Commission, it was brought to the notice of the Commission that minutes before the official announcement of the Election Schedule, Mr Amit Malviya in a Tweet had already tweeted the date of Poll as 12th May, 2018 and date of Counting as 18th May, 2018,” the ECI said in its official statement.

“In another Tweet, he also gave a reference of Times Now News Channel as his source. Though, the reports in tweets mentioned the Polling date as 12th May, 2018 and Counting date as 18th May, 2018, it was clarified that actual schedule of Karnataka Assembly Elections has the Counting date as 15th May, 2018,” the statement read further.

The committee of senior officers of Election Commission of India to investigate the matter will give its report within seven days, EC said.

“The Committee set up by the Commission has already sought information from the concerned media organizations and individuals,” it said.

Meanwhile, after Congress’ allegations, a BJP delegation led by Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi went to the Election Commission.

Amit Malviya also wrote a letter to the Election Commission stating that his tweet was based on a news channel report. He also mentioned in the letter that Congress social-media incharge in Karnataka also sent out a similar tweet.

“l wish to clarify that the source of my information was based on a newsbreak put out by Times Now, a leading national TV channel at 11:06 AM,” Malviya said in a statement released this evening.