What stops the EC from making a decision on Chapra?

The dispute over the Bihar LS seat deepened on Saturday. EC sources said they have no idea when the verdict would be delivered.
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Updated on May 09, 2004 04:01 AM IST
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PTI | ByNandini R Iyer, New Delhi

The controversy surrounding the April 26 poll in Chapra constituency in Bihar deepened on Saturday as the two-man inquiry team comprising commission secretary Ananth Kumar and adviser KJ Rao, failed to submit its report to the EC.

EC sources, who have been saying each evening that the report was expected the next day, said they have no idea when the report would be submitted or when the EC would deliver its verdict.

Several debates have started among political parties on what the delay could mean. They range from "the EC considering countermanding of the elections in the seat” to "repolling in some booths because if they wanted to countermand the polls, they could have done it immediately".

Legal experts, however, say the delay is not indicative of any action the EC may be contemplating. Constitutionally, the commission is within its right to delay the decision as long as it chooses to, they said.

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