February 20th, 2012
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Paid news: EC issues 167 notices

paid-newsNew Delhi: The Election Commission has so far issued 167 notices to candidates who have been alleged to have been involved in issuing paid news. The candidates allegedly paid for the publication of news in their favour in various media outlets. Maximum notices have been issued to candidates in Punjab where polling was held on January 30. 38 notices have been issued to candidates in Uttar Pradesh, where the elections are being held in seven-phases. There had been no complaints about candidates resorting to paid news in Manipur and Uttarakhand.

All complaints received in this respect had been forwarded to the respective Chief Electoral Officers of the States concerned and they, in turn, had issued notices.The complaints would be taken up by the respective district and State level Media Certification and Monitoring Committees (MCMCs).

The EC on October 20, 2011, had disqualified Umlesh Yadav, MLA from Bisauli Assembly Constituency, after finding him guilty of getting news published in his favour during 2007 U.P. polls. During the State assembly polls held last year in April and May, 41 complaints had been received from Kerala, 23 from West Bengal, 147 from Tamil Nadu and four from Puducherry.


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