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Outgoing CEC invokes RTI to dispel Somnath’s allegation

Posted by egovindia on June 30, 2006

Outgoing CEC invokes RTI to dispel Somnath’s allegation
Friday June 30 2006 00:00 IST

NEW DELHI: Outgoing Chief Election Commissioner B B Tandon on Thursday said that the Election Commission had placed the names of various political leaders involved in the office of profit controversy on its website under the Right to Information Act.

Speaking at his last press conference before superannuating as Chief Election Commissioner, Tandon said that the information posted on the Election Commission’s official website did not refer to them as accused and that it only gave the status on a complaint received by the Commission regarding any person under the Office of Profit clause.

Tandon was responding to Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee’s charge that the names listed on the Election Commission’s website had created the impression that these leaders are accused and guilty of possessing offices of profit.

Speaking on other issues, ranging from electoral reforms to the criticisms that the commission had faced from Left parties, Tandon said that there was no political consensus either on electoral reforms or on the state funding of election campaigns.

He however, accepted that partial state funding would also not be effective in reducing corruption and called for a holistic view on the entire subject.

Praising the Commission’s effort to be technologically inclusive, Tandon said there were immense benefits from the technological attributes that the commission had acquired. Tandon who retired today from the post will be succeeded by N Gopalswami.


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