The Election Commission has announced that the biennial election to Rajya Sabha will be held as per schedule on June 11 as it has not found enough evidence to defer or countermand the poll on the basis of a sting operation that purportedly showed a few legislators in Karnataka offering votes for money.
The Commission said it is does not believe that the whole electoral process, now in progress, for the biennial election to the Rajya Sabha by the members of the Karnataka legislative assembly is “so vitiated” that it should not be permitted to continue.
“…Commission has decided not to defer the poll scheduled, nor to make any recommendation to the President for rescinding the electoral process for the biennial election under reference.”
It has however, after examining the footage of a sting operations by two news channels, asked for an FIR to be filed against MLA Mallikarjun Khuba, and others seeking graft. It will separately address the ministry of personnel, pensions, public grievance & administrative reforms to instruct the CBI to take up the matter for proper investigation.
The Commission has also stated that it cannot, under the existing law, disqualify a contesting candidate, nor can it prevent an elector from casting his vote in an election.