Any electoral offence will disqualify candidates, says Chief Election Commissioner

VS-SampathChief Election Commissioner VS Sampath on Sunday said that paid news is an offence and anybody’s alleged involving in the exercise may attract disqualification from the election.

He futher added that inadequacies in legal framework were not allowing the poll panel to effectively check this and other malpractices.

VS Sampath was speaking at a session organized by the Law Commission in New Delhi.

He said, when the Election Commission looked into whether it had the powers to deal with paid news it found the “answer was negative.”

He further added, “If it is an electoral offence, it can eventually lead to the disqualification of the candidate. Whatever the difficulties of implementation, the very fact that if it is listed as electoral offence, it would act as a deterrent against people using it in the elections”.

The CEC informed that the Law Ministry has been recommended to take steps in this regard. He further said that the government ads should also be considered as the paid news.

Medaram Jathara

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