Pranab Mukherjee expresses concern over ‘tampering of voters’ verdict’

The onus of ensuring institutional integrity in this case lies with the Election Commission of India (ECI). They must do so and put all speculations to rest,” the ex-president said.

Written by May 21, 2019 15:53

New Delhi: A day after Pranab Mukherjee praised 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”.

Pranab Mukherjee will attend an RSS event in Nagpur on Thursday

“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.


“The safety and security of EVMs which are in the custody of the ECI is the responsibility of the Commission. 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,” he said.

A firm believer in our institutions, it is my considered opinion that it is the ‘workmen’ who decide how the institutional ‘tools’ perform. The onus of ensuring institutional integrity in this case lies with the Election Commission of India (ECI). They must do so and put all speculations to rest,” the ex-president said.