Probe mis­lead­ing calls to vot­ers: EC

The Asian Age - - Delhi Special -

New Delhi, Feb. 10: The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion on Sun­day asked the Delhi Po­lice to take “nec­es­sary ac­tion” against people mak­ing “mis­lead­ing” phone calls to people about the city’s elec­toral rolls.

On Satur­day, Delhi’s Chief Elec­toral Of­fi­cer ( CEO) had cau­tioned people about such calls claim­ing dele­tion of their names from elec­toral rolls. The poll of­fi­cial had made it clear that no one but the elec­toral regis­tra­tion of­fi­cer can add or re­move names from elec­toral rolls.

Now, the CEO has asked the Delhi Po­lice Com­mis­sioner to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter to as­cer­tain the cor­rect po­si­tion. “... Var­i­ous writ­ten com­plaints re­ceived in this re­gard are be­ing en­closed here­with. Prima fa­cie, it ap­pears that the mat­ter needs to be thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gated in or­der that the fac­tual cor­rect­ness of the aver­ments made in the afore­men­tioned com­plaints are as­cer­tained and nec­es­sary ac­tion un­der rel­e­vant ex­tant laws is taken,” the com­plaint to the po­lice said.

Delhi Po­lice chief spokesper­son Mad­hur Verma said, “We are en­quir­ing the mat­ter and will take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion.” The Delhi CEO’s state­ment on Satur­day came a day af­ter a BJP del­e­ga­tion met the Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner and al­leged that the Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP) had been mak­ing such phone calls.

The state­ment from the poll panel drew sharp re­ac­tion from chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal, who said the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion “must not be al­lowed to be­come agent of a po­lit­i­cal party”.

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