Assam: Videograph vote counting process for transparency, Anchalik Gana Morcha urges ECI
Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM), a constituent of the Opposition Congress-led Mahajot, has requested the Election Commission of India (ECI) to videograph the counting of votes for the Assam Legislative Assembly elections on May 2 and ensure transparency.
In a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on Sunday, AGM president, Ajit Kumar Bhuyan said that regarding the counting of votes, “a lot of controversy has been created during the election to the Bihar Legislative Assembly held in the year 2020, which has cast doubts on the impartiality in the counting process.”
“In the entire election process, the Election Commission of India has to depend on state bureaucracy and there is apprehension that some section with bias towards the ruling party can do mischief in the process of counting,” Bhuyan, a Rajya Sabha MP, stated in the letter to the CEC.
“To make the counting process fair and transparent we urge the honourable forum to take all such steps as provided in the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 as well as the notifications issued by the Commission from time to time,” he stated.
“One such step towards transparency would be to do videography of the entire counting process. As on date, provision for videography is there in case of reverification/recounting if victory is decided only on account of postal ballot counting,” the AGM president said.
Bhuyan further stated that the counting process has come under scanner during the past few years owing to alleged attempts by the ruling party to manipulate the results through mischief during the counting process.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)