Election Commission of India: Do not make comments which hurt

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Mar 6 2014, 00:27am hrs
Election Commission of India warned political leaders today that they should not make comments which will hurt someone's sentiments during electioneering for the Lok Sabha polls.

Election Commission of India commissioner H S Brahma urged the campaigners of political parties and other leaders to refrain from making personal comments.

"We would appeal to all the political parties, their star campaigners and other leaders that they should not use words which will hurt somebody. They should avoid using such comments," Brahma told reporters when asked about the EC's views on the subject.

Political leaders at times use certain comments against each other and the EC has to then intervene and issue reprimands.

The Election Commission of India, which announced the schedule for the Parliamentary polls and those for the assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha today, said the planning of polling days spread over nine phases have been done keeping in mind the aim to ensure that the maximum number of voters come out to vote.

CEC Sampath said the poll panel has also taken care and prepared the schedule in such a manner that the vulnerable sections of voters are amply enabled to participate in the electoral process.

The Naxal-affected areas will go to polls on two days - April 10 and May 16.

"While deciding for poll dates in Naxal affected areas we have to take care of security arrangements, the movement of security forces. We want to maximise the use of these forces," Sampath said.

The Naxal affected states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Bihar will also see a heavy deployment of central paramilitary and state police forces for not only securing the polling booths but for also giving security cover to poll parties and officials.

The EC has had long deliberations with the Union Home Ministry, chiefs of paramilitary forces like CRPF, BSF, ITBP and CISF to ensure fool proof polling in these areas.