ECI can`t control paid news in elections: Qureshi

Chief Election Commissioner of India S Y Quraishi today said the Commission cannot control media players indulging in paid news practices during the elections.

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2010, 23:26 PM IST

Panaji: Chief Election Commissioner of
India S Y Quraishi today said the Commission cannot control
media players indulging in paid news practices during the
elections.

"Our role comes in picture only when the candidate
exceeds the expenditure ceiling. We cannot question the media,
our powers extend only to candidates," Quraishi told reporters
here.

He said it is for the Press Council of India to set
guidelines for the media.

When pointed out that the electronic media is out of
PCI`s ambit, Quraishi said there is a lacunae and a special
body needs to be formed covering all the media.

The CEC said the paid news issue extends beyond the
election period.

"Paid news and money power are a big concern for the
Commission. We are trying to address these issues through
proper ways," he said.

"Money power and paid news have attained serious
proportion. In some states, it`s widespread," the chief
election commissioner said.

He said a special expenditure monitoring cell has been
formed and detailed guidelines are prepared to control the
money power.

PTI

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