Jalandhar: Even as they strongly differ on each other’s ideologies and functioning, Political parties in the state were seen expressing concern over the ‘paid news’ trend and conduct of ‘free and fair’ elections and implementing electoral reforms.
From the crucial issue of ‘paid news’ syndrome to effective implementation of Model Code of Conduct and influencing voters through liquor, sops and freebies, political parties discussed a wide range of issues with Election Commissioner of India A K Joti.
Ahead of the ensuing Assembly Elections 2017, Election Commissioner of India A K Joti was in Jalandhar along with Chief Electoral Officer Punjab V K Singh to hold a review meeting with the District Election Officers and the senior police officers on Saturday. BSP Jalandhar Zone Coordinator and Punjab spokesperson Balwinder Kumar said that though the Election Commission of India (ECI) implements strict Model Code of Conduct but ‘paid news’ were openly planted in various newspapers and electronic media, hence influencing voter’s mood. “Paid News are planted in such a manner that voters end up gets influenced”, he said. He also pointed out that 48 hours before the elections, free sale of liquor, buying votes and influencing voters through freebies were done right under the nose of the ECI officials.
Balwinder said that the ECI should ensure that the use of state machinery was unbiased, free and fair. “It should be ensured that no government official or the police was working in favour of or against the government. Even the exercise to deposit weapons during the elections should be done with utmost concern, as it anti-social elements affect vitiate the polling process with violence”, Balwinder said.
SAD Urban president Gurcharan Singh Channi said that sent a written presentation demanding that those voters, who don’t cast vote were penalised. “The ECI should also ensure that CCTV cameras were put up inside the booths, so that irate mob, if any could be kept under control.”
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