A ‘misleading’ Twitter feed that cast aspersions on the free and fair conduct of the 2019 Lok Sabha polling has prompted the Election Commission (EC) to direct the Uttar Pradesh Police to lodge a case under the cyber/IT act.
The Twitter feed, including a photograph was posted on Monday (May 6), when Lucknow had witnessed polling along with 13 other constituencies in the 5th phase in Uttar Pradesh.
The photograph showed a light commercial vehicle purportedly loaded with electronic voting machines (EVM), while the accompanying text had claimed that the unescorted vehicle was transporting EVMs to a secret destination 30 minutes prior to the culmination of voting for the day.
Later, the authorities conducted a probe and it came to light that the vehicle was in fact transporting faulty voters’ verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines to the strong room at the Ramabai Rally Ground.
These faulty VVPAT devices had been reported by the sector magistrates. Besides, it was being escorted by a naib tehsildar and a constable.
Taking cognisance that the Twitter feed was made without verifying facts and that it raised fingers at the non-partisan conduct of polling, the district election officer (DEO) and Lucknow district magistrate directed for lodging a case under the IT/cyber act against the accused.