New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) has ordered its Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in Delhi to request the police to take strict action against those involved in circulating fake news regarding upcoming Lok Sabha Election dates on social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp.
The poll panel has asked the police to take immediate action against unknown persons and entities responsible for spreading fake news. The office of the CEO issued a letter to the Delhi Police on Thursday, asking it to investigate the matter and take “immediate necessary action”.
The letter read, “It is brought to your kind notice that fake news related to the schedule of general election 2019, has been found in circulation on various social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp etc.”
The probe in question is over the news report which claims that Lok Sabha polls will start on April 7 and end on May 17. The said item then goes on to list poll dates for each of the states. Though the EC denied the news related to Lok Sabha polls 2019, it took a step further and lodged a complaint with the police.
“The publication of such fake news is causing severe confusion to the public thereby creating public nuisance and mischief,” states the letter which was written by the Delhi CEO official.
Apart from taking action against people involved in spreading fake news, the Election Commission (EC) will also take steps to increase the tallying of VVPAT to 30 per cent for the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The current tallying of VVPAT is a record 10 per cent. The notice was issued by a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjay Krishan Kaul. The Commission also said that it would soon ensure the allocation of the VVPAT for over 10 lakh polling stations.
The ECI has also assured the timely allocation of EVMs for the upcoming 2019 general elections.