126 confirmed cases of paid news reported in Gujarat, 91 in Himachal: EC
PTI - NEW DELHI
Published: 17th December 2012 10:40 PM
Last Updated: 17th December 2012 10:40 PM
Gujarat has reported as many as
126 confirmed cases of paid news, while Himachal reported 91
such cases in the Assembly elections in the two states which
created a record in the voter turnout.
Gujarat recorded the highest turnout of 70.20 per cent,
much above the highest-ever voting of 64.39 per cent recorded
in 1995. In 2007, Gujarat had recorded a turnout of 59.93 per
Himachal, which went to polls last month, also recorded
the highest-ever voting of 74.54 per cent, after accounting
for postal ballot, which is marginally higher than the
previous high of 74.51 per cent.
"While 444 suspected cases of paid news were reported in
Gujarat, notices were sent to 224 of them. In Himachal Pradesh
polls, the Commission came across 211 suspected cases of paid
news and notices were sent in 190 cases and 91 confirmed cases
were reported," Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath told
reporters here today.
Gujarat's Chief Electoral Officer Anita Karwal said the
election authority has identified 126 confirmed cases of paid
news during the just-concluded polls, with 61 candidates
admitting of have paid for such news in electronic and print
She said action against the erring candidates is being
initiated, which includes adding the paid news expenses in the
expenditure of candidates.
The CEC said polling in both the states was peaceful,
except for minor incidents, but polling was not affected or
Sampath said that there were as many as 5,574 persons
of over 100 years in Gujarat, many of whom exercised their
The CEC said the Commission had made special arrangements
for such people to cast their votes and among them was a
119-year-old. In Rajkot, as many as 178 such 100+ people cast
their ballot today, officials said.
He said the poll body has made elaborate arrangements
for counting which takes place on December 20, with the
setting up of counting centres at 39 locations in Himachal and
28 in Gujarat.
Of the total 4.27 crore electorate in the two states, 46
lakh were in Himachal Pradesh and 3.81 crore in Gujarat. The
CEC said that a total of Rs 2.28 crore of cash seizures were
made during polls in the two states, while 5.75 lakh litres of
country liquor and drugs like opium, poppy husk and other
drugs, mainly from Himachal, were also seized.
The highest voter turnout in Gujarat was in Narmada
district which recorded 82.17 per cent, while Sirmour district
in Himachal Pradesh recorded the highest voting of 79.86 per
EC officials in Delhi said all complaints received in
this regard had been forwarded to the respective Chief
Electoral Officers of the states concerned and they, in turn,
had issued notices. The complaints are being taken up by the
respective district and state level Media Certification and
Monitoring Committees (MCMCs).
In a first harsh action of its kind against paid news,
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 UP polls
by paying hefty amount to media outlets.