Manish Tewari on Congress chief polls: Electoral roll should be published for sake of transparency

In a series of tweets highlighting the lapses in the Congress’ electoral process, party leader Manish Tewari on Wednesday called for the electoral roll to be made publicly available to ensure transparency.

The Congress MP’s comments came after the party’s central election authority chief Madhusudan Mistry said in an interview with The Indian Express that the elections will be carried out in a fair manner.

“With great respect Mistry ji, how can there be a fair and free election without a publicly available electoral roll?” Tewari tweeted on Wednesday morning. “Essence of a fair and free process is names and addresses of electors must be published on the INC website in a transparent manner.”

In an interview with The Indian Express, Mistry had said that those who wish to see the electoral rolls can contact the Pradesh Congress Committees (PCC).

“Why should someone have to go to every PCC office in the country to find out who the electors are? This does not happen in a club election also with great respect,” Tewari retorted. “How can someone consider running if he/she does not know who electors are If someone has to file his/her nomination and gets it proposed by 10 Congressperson’s as is requirement CEA can reject it saying they are not valid electors.”

Congress MP Karti Chidambaram too stressed on the importance of a “well defined and clear electoral college.” “The process of forming the electoral college must also be clear, well defined and transparent. An ad hoc electoral college is no electoral college,” he tweeted on Wednesday.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>MyColleague in Parliament <a href=””>@KartiPC</a&gt; is spot on. For any election to be kosher the electoral college must be constitutionally constituted. I read in the papers <a href=””>@AnandSharmaINC</a&gt; had articulated this widely shared concern in the CWC &amp; he even publicly confirmed that he had raised it. <a href=””></a></p>&mdash; Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) <a href=””>August 31, 2022</a></blockquote>

Calling Chidambaram’s observation “spot-on”, Tewari further tweeted: “For any election to be kosher the electoral college must be constitutionally constituted.”

Earlier this month, the Congress Working Committee has announced that the election to the post of Congress President will take place on October 17.

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