Amarpreet Singh Makkar
The orders of Election commission (EC) prohibiting mobile phones inside polling stations and booths were violated with impunity as several persons including polling agents of political parties clicked photographs inside polling booths. The voters clicked the photographs while making use of their franchise and later posted it on social media.
The social media was flooded with such photos in which the people mainly supporters of candidates posted photos of VVPAT machines and revealing that they have voted for particular candidate. At some polling stations, the cops didn’t allowed the voters to take mobile phones inside but at majority of polling stations, voters took the mobile phones and clicked photos while casting votes.
Taking strict note of photos on social media, the Election Commission detained two persons in Ludhiana. According to spokesperson of district election officer informed that the Polling agent named Manpreet Singh of candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu was caught recording video through his mobile in the voting compartment while casting his vote.
The accused was taking more time than usual in casting his vote & got caught. He has been handed over to the police at Police station Salem Tabri. He further added that the Chief Election Officer (CEO) Punjab office had come to know of some media reports where some persons had posted photos of casting vote on EVMs. Taking a serious notice of this matter, the CEO Punjab asked District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal to inquire into the matter.
Acting swiftly over this matter, the District Administration swung into action and checked voter lists as well as the social media account of the person to know his whereabouts/address. The information was then passed on to the Commissioner of Police, and the person was detained. The Police is now investigating whether the photograph posted on social media was clicked by the arrested person or by some other person. The matter is under further investigation.
The DEO Ludhiana has warned that if any person posts photographs of casting vote on EVM’s, then strict action would be taken against them
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