BJP IT cell head Amit Malvia tweets Karnataka poll data before Election Commision

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BJP’s IT cell head Amit Malviya tweeted out wrong polling and vote counting dates for the Karnataka Assembly elections 2018, and was called out by social media for jumping the gun.

Malviya tweeted the date of the polls before the Election Commission announced it, prompting the panel to describe the leak as a “very serious issue” that merited a probe and “stringent action”.

Malviya, however, tweeted that he had only quoted a news channel.

His tweet came when Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat was addressing a press conference to announce the schedule for Karnataka polls but had not announced the date.

The BJP IT cell head said the election would be held on May 12 and counting would take place on May 18. While he was correct on the polling day, the votes will be counted on May 15.

When Rawat’s attention was drawn towards the tweet, he described it as a “very serious issue”.

He said people can conjecture but noted that as information has been “leaked”, the Election Commission will probe the matter and take “stringent action” both “legally and administratively”.

The CEC later said the tweet was incorrect as the actual date of counting was May 15 and not May 18.


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