EC refutes RJD’s allegation on poll fraud

New Delhi: The Election Commission said it has never worked under anybody’s pressure and refuted the RJD’s allegations about not giving winning certificates to candidates of the Grand Alliance.

The RJD in a tweet had put out a list of 119 seats where the Grand Alliance candidates had won after completion of counting, and returning officers had allegedly congratulated them for the victory, but they are not given certificates.

Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan in a press conference said the poll body has learnt about this tweet and cited the results and trends are available on the Election Commission website constituency wise. “At 10 pm, we are here. The results of 146 seats have been declared. In 97 cases trends are available. So this is the factual situation available in the public domain for everybody to see and witness.”

The poll body said the last few phases of counting are remaining in Bihar polls, and it may hold another press conference at midnight, if required, with the final update on the polls. It was not clear whether the counting of ballots will continue throughout the night.

However, when asked about the list of 119 candidates put out by the RJD, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner, Umesh Sinha, clarified that whatever information is with the Election Commission is authentic information, as it reaches the poll body after data is authenticated. “The returning officers complete the task assigned and the observers supervise the process. They follow the due procedure and then that information is submitted. There can be some gaps in the information: the information with them and the official information”, he added.

The RJD said in a tweet, “This is a list of 119 seats where the grand alliance candidates have won after the completion of counting. The returning officers congratulated them for the victory, but now they are not giving the certificate saying that you have lost. They [Grand Alliance candidates] were also shown winning on the ECI website. Such loot will not work in a democracy.”

RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha said he wants to urge Chief Minister Nitish Kumar not to disrespect the people’s mandate.

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