Punjab Cong demands immediate steps to make counting transparent
Punjab Pradesh Congress today urged the Election Commission to take immediate steps including time-bound declaration of results immediately after counting to make it transparent and check the possibility of any irregularity at the constituency level.
A delegation to this effect led by PPCC chief, Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, called on Chief Election Commissioner of India V S Sampath in New Delhi and submitted a three-page memorandum making some concrete suggestions. He was accompanied by Mr Surjit Singh Siwaich, Mr Ranjit Singh Bath and Mr Pradeep Virk.
The CEC said the demands were genuine and justified and that the Commission would look into the matter. The delegation demanded that after signing of Form 17C by the returning officer, a copy of the same be supplied to the candidate, his election agent or counting agent after each round of counting.
Further, after each round of counting, Part II of Form 17C is filled in by the counting superviser noting separately the votes polled by each candidate. He signs it and also gets it signed by the candidate or the election agent or the counting agent, as the case may be, present at the counting table. Thereafter, the same is submitted to the returning officer who countersigns it. However, the copy is not handed over to the candidates or their agents.
(Posted on 10-05-2014)