Drawing Graffiti Against EC and ‘Boycott Elections’ Slogans Result in Police Action Against DU Students

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What are the Concerns?

A survey by CSDS-Lokniti revealed that “58% of respondents expressed some or great distrust in the Election Commission in 2024 compared to 78% who trusted the poll body following the 2019 Lok Sabha election”. Nearly 45% believed that “electronic voting machines could potentially be manipulated by the ruling party to some extent”.

The Mooknayak had previously reported that activists and citizens are raising concerns about alleged bias, manipulation and inaction by the Election Commission.

On May 11 and 12, a joint complaint was filed at the offices of the chief electoral officers in cities like Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and others. Simultaneously, a formal letter was submitted to the chief election commissioner in Delhi.

Numerous incidents have sparked concerns, including alleged violations of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), the freezing of Opposition party’s bank accounts, media bias, exploitation of religious sentiments for political gains, inconsistencies in voter turnout and a significant decline in trust in the poll watchdog.

According to the activists and concerned citizens, the Election Commission has failed to take action and conduct investigations into the complaints that Opposition candidates are being pressured to withdraw their candidacies.

Additionally, discrepancies between votes polled and votes counted in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the 2019 elections remain inadequately explained.

To restore public trust in the electoral process, various social organizations and intellectuals have voiced their concerns in an open letter, urging the Election Commission to promptly address these issues and ensure fairness of the elections in remaining phases.

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