INDIA bloc leaders meet EC over voter turnout data

Amid concerns expressed by various opposition parties over the voter turnout data, the leaders of the INDIA bloc met the top brass of the Election Commission on Friday.

The meeting comes over the voter turnout data released by the EC in the first two phases, as well as over the alleged violations of the model code of conduct by the BJP leaders during the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.

On Tuesday, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge had written to the leaders of various opposition parties on the issue of alleged “discrepancies” in the voting data released by the Election Commission (EC). The opposition leaders then decided to approach the EC over the issue.

However, the EC on Friday responded to Kharge’s letter to the fellow INDIA bloc leaders that was also posted on X, and rejected his allegations that it had delayed the release of the final voter turnout numbers for the first two phases of the Lok Sabha elections.

In a strongly-worded letter, the EC said the utterances from president of a national political party is attacking the very credibility of the electoral steps and processes, and can have a negative impact on voter participation.

Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh responded by defending the concerns raised by the Congress president.

“The response of the Election Commission of India (ECI) to the issues raised by the Congress president in his letter to the INDIA parties is simply beyond description. The EC is a Constitutional body entrusted with the responsibility of being an impartial body that ensures, and is seen to ensure, a level-playing field to all political parties.