Zee Media Bureau
Bangalore: In a bid to check the practice of alluring voters by distributing money, the Election Commission has arrested over 20 people who have accepted the bribe, reports said Monday.
The Election Commission has also made a plea to the government requesting that both giving and receiving of cash for vote be made a non-bailable offence, said a report by a leading newspaper.
The move may prove quiet effective in curbing bribe-for-votes practice and nabbing those involved in it.
As of now, only those candidates who offer bribes fall under scanner, as those receiving it generally belong to the economically weak category. Hence, in absence of any proof the culprits always manage to get spared.
With the EC arresting even voters for accepting bribes, it would be easier to nab the political candidates behind it.
Clarifying that the decision won’t be misused for harassing the poor voters, an election official said that it was more of a “deterrent act”, the report added.
“It is being done just to send a message that accepting money for voter is a crime under the Indian Penal Code," the report quoted an election commission official as saying.