The Election Commission is not supposed to crack jokes about its constitutional mandate. The EC asking a political party to introspect over complaints of rigging is like the Supreme Court asking a petitioner not to litigate but to meditate. The Commission’s job is to hold elections and then to politely clarify doubts about the poll process. Mayawati, no doubt, made a mess of things by scooting after shooting from the hip about Electronic Voting Machines getting tampered with during the Uttar Pradesh polls. She did not wait for the counting to get over, nor did she work overtime to offer a shred of evidence to prove her claim. Every machine was tested in the presence of her representative and neither the supreme statuesque leader nor her followers made any complaints about the machines before the polls. Even on the day of the counting, she did not elaborate why she claimed the EVMs were rigged. It was clear that she was just a bad loser.
That is not the case with Arvind Kejriwal. He was offering reasons to claim that the machines were manipulated. They may not be good enough for the Commission, but he was making a pointed allegation that his party’s votes went into the Akali kitty finally, giving examples of certain booths in Punjab where his volunteers’ votes did not get counted. Earlier, during the Maharashtra local body polls, an independent candidate had claimed that his and his family’s votes went missing. Well, you can never be sure about your family. Even the wife might decide not to vote for you. And that is the strength of the secret ballot. But what about your own vote, where did it go? The Commission definitely has to account for that one missing vote.