Probe Ordered By CEO Into Election Expenses Is A Sham Alleges Aires
Saturday - Mar 4, 2017
Panjim: Dubbing the five-member committee headed by Additional Chief Electoral Officer Narayan Navti appointed by the Chief Electoral Officer Kunal to probe the recent Assembly election expenses as a mere farce and eyewash, Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today demanded that the inquiry to be free and fair should instead be conducted by a retired High Court Judge assisted by an Accountant of his choice.
Stating that he had already written to the Chief Election Commissioner of India Dr Nasim Zaidi seeking an independent probe into the acts of omission and commission by Goa CEO Kunal, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that the probe into this mega crore fraud could not be a superficial in-house one conducted by officers who are working under Mr. Kunal himself.
Questioning as to why Goa’s Chief Electoral Officer has not yet displayed on the website the breakup of the total expenses incurred on the recent Assembly elections, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that public funds cannot be squandered and that the Chief Electoral Officer would have to justify every paisa spent.
Expressing surprise that such a whopping expenditure was incurred by the Government on the elections, Adv. Rodrigues has sought an in-depth meticulous audit into all the expenses. Adv. Rodrigues has further stated that the lack of transparency and the veil of secrecy in the working of the Chief Electoral Officer’s office was a matter of concern as it was a clear grim sign of bad governance.
Stating that any waste of taxpayers’ money was not condonable, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that only a detailed and fair investigation will reveal to what extent the bills were inflated and wasteful expenditure incurred.
Accusing the Chief Electoral Officer Kunal of being very partisan by not acting against the gross election malpractices indulged by the ruling BJP, Adv. Rodrigues has accused the CEO and his jumbo team of being mere spectators while the BJP freely distributed abundant cash in the two days prior to the Feb 4th elections.
Alleging that the office of Chief Electoral Officer was reduced to a camp site of the ruling BJP, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that persons known to be having close ties with the BJP should have not been assigned duties of conducting the elections.
Pointing out that all the so called arrangements made by Chief Electoral Officer were only cosmetic and portrayed as glossy on paper, Adv. Rodrigues has alleged that the ground reality was very different with even the staff deployed on election duty not provided the very basic amenities.
Stating that with Kunal as CEO in Goa the Election Commission of India had miserably failed in conducting free and fair elections as mandated by law, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that every citizen is now entitled to know the detailed expenditure of those mega crores spent on the elections.
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