The Election Commission on Tuesday expressed concern over low turn out in polls in Bihar and sought media support to create awareness.
EC Director General Akhsay Rout said that the participation of Bihar electorate in recent elections was 43-45 per cent that was much below the national average of 55-60 per cent.
Rout said EC had decided to meet three vital issues — information, motivation and justification — so that people could participate in the voting process in large number. To this end, media could help the EC, he said.
He said EC will take action against newspapers for carrying paid news on contesting candidates.
The chief electoral officer Sudhir Rakesh said that heads of several newspaper organisations had agreed in principle that they will not not be carrying paid news which was a welcome step.
Raut said that majority of the voters had been provided with Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) and those who did not get EPIC could use other modes to prove thier identity.
He added that radio, televison and other modes such as ‘Nukkad Natak’ will be utilised to create awareness among the voters.