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In the written statement it was said that over the past three years, the commission did not receive any authorised cars. The cars there were used for the commission office. The CEC also claimed that there had been no corruption in the appointment of staff and in the procurement and use of EVM (electronic voting machine).

The commission similarly rejected other allegations of misconduct and irregularities brought about by the 42 citizens.

The CEC said that foreign observers had observed the 2018 national elections. The observation agencies had made no such allegations. And the commission took action against allegations that were made in the local polls.

The CEC said that the elections were stiffly contested. The voter turnout was 60 to 80 per cent, with 2 to 8 candidates for each seat. So it was baseless to say that people had lost faith in elections.

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