In its representation to Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath, Congress leaders, including General secretary and in-charge for MP Mohan Prakash, secretary of legal department K C Mittal, MPCC president Kantilal Bhuria and CLP leader Ajay Singh, said there were some ‘major’ lapses and irregularities in the conduct of polling in Madhya Pradesh.
These included malfunctioning of the electronic voting machines (EVMs) at 30-35 polling booths and a lack of transparency in the issuance and receipt of postal ballots.
In its complaint, the Congress also pointed out that the BJP government in the state was holding a Cabinet meeting on December 5 during the operation of the model code of conduct.
It asked the EC to direct the state government not to hold the Cabinet meeting.
‘’The state government should be issued clear instructions not to hold any meeting of the state cabinet, in accordance with the law,’’ the Congress said in its representation to the CEC. It also called upon the EC to conduct a repoll of the postal ballots.
‘’Keeping in view the serious nature of the irregularities pointed out above, which is going to effect election results substantially, it is requested that the commission, after a thorough inquiry, should issue immediate remedial measures for conduct of fair and proper polls, including a repoll of postal ballots.
‘’It is requested that clear instructions be issued to the returning officers for counting of postal ballots and detailed investigations of EVMs, identified
on polling booth 93 of Vidhan Sabha 153 Bhopal Central and 57 Surkhi,’’ the Congress said in its complaint.