25th August 2017
Amazing incompetence of Election Commission of India! Unable to get a simple response from the HIGHEST level.
Swarna Bharat Party is a registered political party. We need to periodically interact with and seek clarifications from the Election Commission of India.
An amazing situation has been created by the ECI not agreeing to our party holding its meetings electronically. They insist on a paper register. Anyway, after nearly two years of paper communications, we finally decided in July 2017 (in our annual conference in Delhi) to make a paper register.
After doing that we wanted to meet the relevant officials in the ECI to confirm that this paper register would meet their requirements. Our office bearers are located in Delhi. They should be easily able to meet the ECI’s officials to seek clarification.
BUT WE DID NEVER ANTICIPATED THAT WE ARE DEALING WITH THE WORLD’S MOST INCOMPETENT ELECTION COMMISSION.
The last time we wanted to meet the ECI – in late 2016 – we tried tens of times over the phone. No one would pick up the phone.
So two of our (then) office bearers went physically (in December 2016) to the ECI without any appointment, carrying a whole bundle of papers to show them, BUT no relevant official would meet them to discuss. Finally, some “Secretary” finally met them at the reception and they were forced to write everything down by hand in a long paper and lodged everything with that officer (nearly 100 pages). No clarification was provided regarding the questions they had gone to ask.
This time – since July – our Project Director has been trying repeatedly to get an appointment with the relevant official so we can physically show the ECI our paper register and ask whether that meets their requirement.
Since NO OFFICER ever picks up the phone, the only way is to call the Chief Election Commissioner’s office when finally someone does pick up the phone – but thereafter they seem to be totally incompetent and do nothing.
This is our Project Director’s report today after REPEATED attempts to get an appointment:
“I have been calling CEC office, around noon is mostly when someone answers and repeating that we need a meeting fixed, then go through the same drill, send an email, already sent, okay we will look into it and get back. The last time I called, the person said we will arrange a call back, recited my number, but no call has come. Will keep trying.”
It is beyond pathetic how this Third World system works. ECI is surely the MOST UNRESPONSIVE ELECTION COMMISSION IN THE WORLD.
I’m going to share this post as widely as I possibly can.
I’m SICK to my core about the incompetence and unresponsiveness of the ECI. They don’t issue any detailed guidance to parties about how to manage their records (the ECI has been repeatedly requested by us to do so), they refuse to accept meeting procedures that are clearly detailed in our party’s constitution, they refuse to accept decisions taken through online meetings by the national executive of the party, they refuse to meet office bearers of the party to confirm whether the paper register we have prepared meets their requirements!!
IS THIS DEMOCRACY?? SERIOUSLY?