Former president Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday issued a statement on over the reported unescorted movement of EVMs, saying the onus on ensuring institutional integrity lay with the Election Commission of India.
He added the poll watchdog should strive to put all rumours to rest.
“Onus on ensuring institutional integrity in this case(security of EVMs) lies with the Election Commission, they must do so and put all speculations to rest,” Mukherjee said in a statement.
"The safety and security of EVMs which are in the custody of the EC is the responsibility of the Commission," Pranab Mukherjee said.
Former President Pranab Mukherjee issues statement, says ' Onus on ensuring institutional integrity in this case(security of EVMs) lies with the Election Commission, they must do so and put all speculations to rest' pic.twitter.com/2xFIhok7pN— ANI (@ANI) May 21, 2019
Mukherjee on Monday lauded the role of the poll panel saying the 2019 Lok Sabha polls were conducted "perfectly".
Speaking at a book launch event here, he said that right from the first election commissioner Sukumar Sen to the present election commissioners, the institution is working very well.
He said all the three commissioners are appointed by the executive and they are doing their job well. Mukherjee said, "you cannot criticize them, it was perfect conduct of elections".