New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has taken a serious note of a viral post that claims that NRI voters with an Indian passport can vote online in the coming Lok Sabha elections. Also Read - EC Bans Poll Rallies For The Remaining Of The Elections in West Bengal
The ECI on Monday issued a statement asking people to beware of fake news on the internet. The viral post has been shared on WhatsApp and other online social media platforms and even contains a link to the ECI website, and asks NRI voters to enrol online. Also Read - West Bengal Election 2021: Mamata Banerjee Stages Dharna in Kolkata to Protest EC's 24-Hour Campaign Ban
The statement says, “Beware of fake news in social media informing that ‘Those who hold an Indian passport can now vote online for 2019 elections. There is no online voting facility for any category of voter. Overseas Indians may submit an application for enrolment in form 6A online at nvsp.in or by using Voter helpline mobile app. To cast the vote on the date of the poll, an overseas elector may come to his designated Polling station with his Passport as a document for identification.” Also Read - 'Factually incorrect': EC on Mamata Banerjee's Claims About Presence of Outsiders at Nandigram Polling Booth
Meanwhile, the ECI has filed a complaint with the Delhi Police, asking it to track down those spreading “fake news”.
Asking the police to investigate the matter, the EC said its logo was used on social media to “mislead” people.
It said the “fake news” was violative of IPC Section 505 dealing with rumour-mongering and attempts to spread alarm among people.
An EC spokesperson had said no such facility has been extended to NRIs.
“If it happens, it needs an amendment to the Representation of the People Act. No such amendment has taken place,” the spokesperson had said.