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CPI says: 'was not allowed to witness EVM challenge by EC'

 2017-06-03 17:08:23.0

CPI says: was not allowed to witness EVM challenge by EC

Tahlka News Bureau

New Delhi: The Communist party of India called Election Commission's move as "deplorable" for not allowing it to allowing it to witness today's EVM challenge.

The CPI have raise doubts about the EC's motive behind the "denial" and said the poll watchdogs "approach of secrecy to not allow the party" to witness the process was against the spirit of its invitation letter seeking cooperation from political parties.

The CPI said that the EC informed that the party cannot observe the EVM challenge programme only yesterday. "Being a national party we wanted to witness the challenge. But surprisingly, it told us we cannot take part in the process, but only those parties which took part in the challenge. This is deplorable," CPI General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy said.

In his letter written to the Election Commission yesterday, Reddy said that the CPI wanted to witness the process in the interest of transparency for the healthy tradition of democracy.

Reddy, talking about the ECs letter to the party for the challenge said that the communication had sought cooperation in strengthening the electoral process so as to make it more transparent, participative and credible.

"We are of the strong opinion that this approach of secrecy is such an exercise is in contravention to the spirit of your invitation letter seeking cooperation from political parties. It raises doubts about the motive of Election Commission behind this denial," the leader said.


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