'one man, one vote, one time' -- the marxist mantra, plus 'one marxist, many votes'
or is it 'vote early and often'?
serious booth capturing. and in fact the EVMs help them do this, apparently.
forwarded by a friend.
The Asansol rigging: Whither ECI?
Oct 8 2005
The Asansol by-election held on September 29 was widely viewed as a
litmus test of the Election Commission of India (ECI)'s commitment
to hold rigging-free elections in West Bengal. For the first time in
the history of any election, the ECI introduced central government
employees as presiding officers in each of the polling stations.
This was in obvious response to the report filed by Mr Afzal
Amanullah, the Bihar cadre IAS officer who acted as special observer
for West Bengal in the 2004 Lok Sabha election.
Mr Amanullah had been shocked by the partisanship displayed by the
West Bengal government employees, who manned the booths. Each and
every one of them were members of the CPI(M)-controlled Coordination
Committee of State Government Employees. Besides, the policemen who
were supposed to give security to the voters and ensure free and
fair polls were, down to the last man, Marxist loyalists. They were
members of the CPI(M)'s Non-Gazetted Police Karmachari Samity. After
seeing the shocking scale of rigging, Mr Amanullah had recommended
in his 13-page final report that the entire polling to the 42
parliamentary constituencies be countermanded.