Networking sites under EC lens: Parties asked to provide details of FB, Twitter

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Oct 30, 2014 21:25 IST

The election commission on Thursday warned the political parties against illegal use of social networking sites and promotion of communal politics amidst the reported demands of a Hindu chief minister for the Muslim-majority state.

"We are going to have close tab on the social networking sites in case the political parties violate any code of conduct. Though it is a huge space we will seek help of the host websites," said chief electoral officer Umang Narula in Srinagar.

The commission has decided to regulate collaborative projects like Wikipedia, blogs and micro blogs like Twitter, content and communities like YouTube and social networking sites like Facebook. It will also regulate virtual game-worlds like Apps.

The commission has asked the candidates to provide authentic social media accounts.

"No political advertisements are released to any website or social media without pre-certification from competent authorities," said Narula.

In response to the recent public demand by Congress leader Sham Lal Sharma to have a Hindu chief minister, Narula said, "We have to first see the context in which the statement was issued. We will keep eye on such statements or any remark made to flare up communal passion," said the chief electoral officer.

"It is up to the voters of the state, if they want a Hindu chief minister they can elect one," said Sharma.

The Congress minister drew flak from other parties for demanding a Hindu CM for the state. The party high command in New Delhi distanced itself from the statement.

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