EC to Delhi Police: Act against callers misleading people on electoral rolls

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EC to Delhi Police: Act against callers misleading people on electoral rolls

Monday, 11 February 2019 | PTI | New Delhi

The Election Commission on Sunday asked the Delhi Police to take “necessary action” against people making “misleading” phone calls to people about the city’s electoral rolls.

On Saturday, Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) had cautioned people about such calls claiming deletion of their names from electoral rolls.

The poll official had made it clear that no one but the electoral registration officer can add or remove names from electoral rolls.

Now, the CEO has asked the Delhi Police Commissioner to investigate the matter to ascertain the correct position.

“...Various written complaints received in this regard are being enclosed herewith. Prima facie, it appears that the matter needs to be thoroughly investigated in order that the factual correctness of the averments made in the aforementioned complaints are ascertained and necessary action under relevant extant laws is taken,” the complaint to the police said.

The CEO's statement on Saturday came a day after a BJP delegation met the Chief Election Commissioner and alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had been making such phone calls.

The statement from the poll panel drew sharp reaction from AAP national convener and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who said the Election Commission "must not be allowed to become agent of a political party".

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