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EC has lost credibility: Chandrababu Naidu (2nd Lead)

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Minister on Saturday said the (EC) has lost its credibility as "it functions on the instructions of and his office".

Raising questions on the poll panel's independence and impartiality, told outside the here that the level playing field -- an essential attribute of democracy -- "now stands disturbed".

The Minister was speaking after his meeting with Election Commissioner

The (TDP) chief said officials in are being transferred in an arbitrary manner and the (Anil Chandra Punetha) has been replaced by a person (L.V. Subrahmanyam), who was accused along with YSR in a case. He described the ousted as an honest

Dubbing the acts of the poll panel as "unfair", said the has lost credibility among the people of the country and its image has been dented in their eyes.

He also alleged that the poll panel observer in the state has links with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Recalling that all opposition parties had demanded for 50 per cent matching of EVMs with VVPATs, Naidu said that increasing that number from one to five by the is "insufficient".

Accusing the Commission of "misleading" the top court by saying that matching of EVM votes with VVPATs at 50 per cent polling booths would delay the counting of votes by six days, Naidu said the counting of votes when ballot papers were prevalent used to take not more than 24 hours.

The stated that the is interfering in the affairs of the poll panel, thereby destroying democracy, electoral process and the level playing field.



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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 19:28 IST