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Karnataka poll date leak: Election Commission set up committee to complete probe in a day or two, says CEC

Chennai: The Committee set up by the Election Commission to probe the leak of the poll schedule for Karnataka before an official declaration would complete its job "in a day or two," Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said on Tuesday.

 Karnataka poll date leak: Election Commission set up committee to complete probe in a day or two, says CEC

File image of Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat. PTI

Asked about the tweet by BJP's IT cell chief Amit Malviya declaring the poll date for Karnataka before the Election Commission's official announcement, Rawat told reporters at the airport here that investigations were on into the matter.

"That is on... a committee has been set up. They will be completing the job in a day or two, the CEC, who arrived on a private visit, said.

Ahead of the official announcement, Malviya had tweeted that voting will be held on May 12 and the counting will take place on 18 May.

He was correct about the day of the voting, but got the counting date wrong. The counting will take place on 15 May.

According to an Election Commission statement on 27 March, a committee of senior officers of Election Commission had been set up to investigate the matter and give its report within seven days.

"The Commission immediately directed that the matter be probed and necessary and effective action be taken," the statement said.

It said Malviya, in another tweet, had attributed a news channel as his source.

Asked whether there would be any law and order issue in poll-bound Karnataka on the Cauvery issue, Rawat said: "I don't have anything to say on that."

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Updated Date: Apr 03, 2018 20:23:46 IST

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