EC rejects plea to defer Rajya Sabha elections after TV sting alleges money deals

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Thursday  decided against cancelling or postponing Rajya Sabha elections to four seats from Karnataka on 11 June as it felt that the sting operations did not prove that money power was used to influence the voting MLAs.

"... the Commission is not satisfied that the whole electoral process, now in progress, for the biennial election to the Rajya Sabha by the members of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly is so vitiated by the...allegations that it should not be permitted to continue.

File photo of Parliament. PTI

File photo of Parliament. PTI

"Therefore, the Commission has decided not to defer the poll Scheduled to be held on 11 June, nor to make any recommendation to the President for rescinding the electoral process for the biennial election under reference," the EC order said.

Earlier, the Election Commission had sought 'raw footage' from two TV channels of the sting operation they had aired which purportedly showed money being offered to MLAs to vote in favour of certain candidates for the June 11 Rajya Sabha polls in Karnataka.

The sting by two channels on 2 June had purportedly showed MLAs negotiating a money deal in exchange for their votes in the biennial elections to four Rajya Sabha seats from the state.


Updated Date: Jun 09, 2016 21:41 PM

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