One day after Pranab Mukherjee lauded the Election Commission for “perfectly” conducting the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the former president on Tuesday expressed concern over reports of alleged “tampering of voters’ verdict”.
“I am concerned over reports of alleged tampering of voters’ verdict. Safety and security of EVMs is Election Commission’s responsibility,” Mukherjee said in a statement.
— Pranab Mukherjee (@CitiznMukherjee) May 21, 2019
At a time when the poll panel has been criticised by the opposition parties for being allegedly biased towards the BJP, Mukherjee said the onus was on the Election Commission to ensure institutional integrity.
“There can be no room for speculations that challenge the very basis of our democracy. People’s mandate is sacrosanct and has to be above any iota of reasonable doubt. A firm believer in our institutions, it is my considered opinion that it is the ‘workmen’ who decide how the institutional ‘tools’ perform.