Election Commissioner wants to set new precedent of ‘dark secrets’, ‘secluded chambers’: Congress

A day before the counting of the votes polled in the Lok Sabha election, the Congress on Wednesday termed as constitutional travesty the ECs rejection of Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasas demand that dissent notes should be recorded and alleged that the poll watchdog wanted to set a new precedent of dark secrets and secluded chambers in performing its duties. A Constitutional travesty! ECI wants to set a new precedent of dark secrets secluded chambers in doing its constitutional duties. If CEC cant play fair in its functioning, can it play fair in ensuring a free fair election?, Congresss chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala wrote on Twitter. His comments came a day after the Election Commission (EC) decided not to record the dissents put forward by the members of the full commission, overruling Lavasa. Also read: The full commission of the panel, comprising Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and two other members – Lavasa and Sushil Chandra – deliberated on the contentious issue, after which the EC said dissent notes and minority views would remain part of the records but would not be part of its orders. Lavasa had dissented on a series of clean chits given by the EC to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah on their speeches during the election campaign. As his demand for recording his dissent notes in ECs orders was not met, Lavasa recused himself from cases relating to violations of the Model Code of Conduct. The counting of votes for the just-concluded, seven-phased Lok Sabha polls will be taken up on Thursday.