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Poll officers must discharge error-free duty: additional chief secy

Hindustan Times   June 13, 2013
First Published: 14:15 IST(13/6/2013) | Last Updated: 14:22 IST(13/6/2013)

Additional chief secretary (ACS), Home, IS Dani while addressing a workshop organised by Election Commission of India on Wednesday said error free discharge of all election works and processes should be ensured by election officers. Election works should be discharged with full caution and efficiency.

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The ACS said large- scale training programs held by Election Commission of India are very useful and that he expected compliance with all the commission’s directives and guidelines.

Ashish Shrivastava, director of India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management set up by the election commission at the national level, apprised trainees of the commission’s directives and guidelines in detail.

He said every officer linked with the electoral process during the coming elections to Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha needs to follow the guidelines for smooth conduct of elections. Along with holding training programs, the commission has also published important directives, which can also be browsed on the commission’s website.

In all, 223 officers including district election officers, returning officers and assistant returning officers of 35 districts of the state participated in the training program being held by Madhya Pradesh chief Eelectoral officer’s office.

Later, these officers will train district-level offices and employees.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is taking the issue of paid news seriously and district electoral officers would take action in this regard in keeping with the guidelines issued by the ECI. Sharing this information at a two-day election training programme at Academy of Administration, additional director, publicity, Suresh Awatramani said that a committee would be formed to check publication of paid news during the state assembly election.

The ill-effects of paid news were discussed during the programme. The participants were also apprised that a proposal has been sent to the government suggesting that Peoples’ Representation Act be amended to make paid news a cognizable offence.

A state-level monitoring committee will be formed which will act upon complaints of paid news. The district election officers would hold meetings with publication groups and represenatives of political parties to keep them apprised of the fall out of paid news publication.

During 2010 assembly elections in Bihar, the election commission had issued 121 notices regarding paid news and recently in Karnataka assembly election, 42 cases of paid news publication were identified.


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