RK Nagar: Parties used innovative ways to bribe voters to outwit law enforcement, indicates EC probe
Political parties and their top leaders used “innovative ways” in bribing voters in the RK Nagar Assembly seat to outwit law enforcement authorities mandated with keeping an eye on poll expenditure, according to probe by the EC.
Many complaints were received by the Commission on possibilities of inducement of electors by distributing cash and gifts in innovative forms like tokens, prepaid phone recharge coupons, newspaper subscription, milk tokens, money transfer in no frill accounts in banks and even mobile wallet payment to mobile numbers.
The Commission, which cancelled the April 12 bypoll in R K Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu following use of money power to influence voters, said in its order last night that some of the states have “particularly excelled in innovating more and more subtle ways to circumvent the statutory provisions enacted by Parliament to curb the menace of money power in elections”.
In its elaborate 33-page order, the poll watchdog said it cannot help “expressing its anguish over the sordid state of affairs” as revealed in the reports of the election expenditure observers, election expenditure monitoring teams, as well as the reports of the Income Tax authorities.
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