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Ball in govt's court on poll surveys, says EC

india Updated: Feb 26, 2014 18:38 IST
VS Sampath

In the wake of allegations that a few firms that conducted pre-election surveys were willing to tweak their findings, chief election commissioner VS Sampath on Wednesday said the Election Commission has in the past given recommendations on opinion polls and it was now for the government to act.

He said the election panel will look into the allegations levelled by a TV news channel after a purported sting operation that "exposed" 11 agencies which conducted opinion polls.

"As far as opinion polls are concerned, the commission has taken a view, not today but 10 years back in the year 2004 after they held an all-party meeting. They made their recommendations. Subsequently, they collected the views of different political parties which have been given. The ball is in the court of the government," Sampath said.

The EC had in its recommendation called for restriction on opinion polls for a specified period during the election process.

He was asked as to what course of action the Election Commission would take on the claims made by a TV channel which did a sting operation on a few polling agencies.

"We will certainly look into the matter. Whatever legal action that needs to be taken, that will be duly examined," Sampath replied.