Robust strategy to prevent use of money, drugs and liquor: CEC

RSTV Bureau

Election Commission is preparing a robust strategy to tackle the drug menace in Punjab which the EC thinks will affect polling.  The Chief Election Commission who is visiting the poll bound state said all efforts will be made for conduct of free, fair and peaceful elections in Punjab.

Election Commission on Tuesday said a robust strategy is being prepared to prevent use of money, drugs and liquor in the assembly polls.

“The suggestions given by (opposition) parties have been taken note of by the EC with all sincerity and we have assured we will leave no stone unturned for conduct of free, fair and peaceful elections,” said Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi

On concerns raised by various parties regarding use of drugs and liquor during Punjab polls to influence voters, Zaidi said, “Robust strategy will be prepared to prevent use of money, drugs and liquor”.

Replying to a question, the CEC asserted that “The Commission is committed to prevent use of drugs in polls. The Commission is ready to tackle the issue of drugs during poll process.”

Chief Election Commissioner, Nasim Zaidi with Election Commissioners Achal Kumar Jyoti and Om Prakash Rawat releasing an election related complaint monitoring system "Samadhan" during the review meeting of the preparation for 2017 Punjab general elections, in Chandigarh  Photo-PTi

Chief Election Commissioner, Nasim Zaidi with Election Commissioners Achal Kumar Jyoti and Om Prakash Rawat releasing an election related complaint monitoring system “Samadhan” during the review meeting of the preparation for 2017 Punjab general elections, in Chandigarh
Photo-PTi

Zaidi also said that various parties have sought “overhauling” of the police and civil administration in the State.

A delegation of various parties including Congress and AAP had met a team of Election Commission led by Chief Election Commissioner here two days back.

A nine-member Election Commission had arrived here on Sunday on a three-day visit to review preparations ahead of polls which are due early next year.

About the issues raised by the parties, Zaidi said “political parties want polls be conducted in free and fair manner.”

He said the parties want the Election Commission to take steps to ensure that voters do not face any kind of any threat or intimidation.

“They (opposition parties) have requested that there should be overhaul of police and civil administration for free and fair polls,” he said, adding these parties have brought to notice the large number of criminals and anti-social elements, who may be operative in the system or out on parole.

Parties have also highlighted abuse of liquor, money and drug problem. They have requested that there should be special task force to check these during poll process, the CEC said.