Officers` neutrality ‘non-negotiable’: EC

Amidst opposition allegation of politicisation of bureaucracy in UP, the EC said that neutrality was `non-negotiable` in elections.

Lucknow: Amidst opposition allegation of
politicisation of bureaucracy in Uttar Pradesh, the Election
Commission today told senior officers that neutrality was
"non-negotiable" in elections.

"Though there was no specific complaint, political
parties have pointed out towards politicisation of bureaucracy
during their meeting with us. We have told top officials that
neutrality is non-negotiable and they should be 100 per cent
neutral", Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi told

Claiming to have successfully controlled use of muscle
power in elections, Quraishi said the EC would also check use
of money power using its experiences in recent Assembly polls
in five states.

"Use of muscle power in elections is history as is the
case of booth capturing. Now we will be effectively keeping a
tab on use of money power," Quraishi said.

On the demand of some parties for early polls in the
state, Quraishi said two parties wanted early polls in
January-February citing harvesting season, competitive
examinations and excessive heat in the later months as

"We will take a call on it later. We have to make
preparations for four other states as well," he said.

About the trend of paid news during elections, the CEC
said the EC was legally examining ways to deal with it.

"We also want to include advertisements shown by political
parties in their own channels," he said.


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