CPI alleges voters induced with money
Alleging irregularities like distribution of money and liquor to voters in the last leg of electioneering here, CPI Pondy Secretary R Viswanathan today urged the Chief Election Commissioner to order an enquiry into it.
In a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner, Mr Viswanathan who was also the party's candidate for the election said money and liquor were distirbuted by the major parties such as the Congress, N R Congress, AIADMK and DMK after switching off power in the urban constituencies. Lauding the initiatives taken by the EC to ensure a free and fair poll, Mr Viswanathan however, said there was slackness on the part of election observers, expenditure observers, election officers etc in their vigil on the last leg of the election campaign and about Rs 50 crores was distributed by the four major parties.
Eventhough,the CPI activists made complaints to the toll free numbers about the distribution of money and liquor,no action was initiated and on April 22 and 23, the toll free numbers were either dead or 'jammed' and the police and election officers were aware of this and they turned their back to this,he charged.
He wanted the CEC to enquire about the quantum of liquor sale compared to last year,how much money was circulated here during the election period,the pattern of unscheduled power cut during the last leg of election campaign and the number of cases booked on complaints to the toll free numbers.
The existence of Election Commission will become a big question if EC has not followed the complaints lodged in Toll Free numbers and offences found in Video recording,he said.
He said in order to save and to have faith on electoral democracy by the people, the CPI suggest that the present 'First pass the post (FATP) ' system should be replaced with ' Proportional representation with list system ' with the aim to curb money power. India has to evolve its own representative democracy instead of following British or American system of democracy. The Peoples Representation Act and Rules 1951 has to be reviewed and modified in consultation with all stakeholders in this behalf.
(Posted on 09-05-2014)