Chandigarh: In a clear indictment of the political parties, Chief Election Commissioner S Y Qureshi has observed that the demand of the opposition parties to deploy the Central Forces during the elections is shameful.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday the CEC said that such demands show the lack of trust amongst the opposition parties over local police and the administration.

 “This shows how much they doubt on local police credibility,” the CEC said.

Earlier, the Election Commissioner met leaders of different political parties on Tuesday for the upcoming elections in Punjab.
CEC said that the Commission has received several complaints as well as suggestions from the political parties for holding peaceful assembly elections in the state.

Replying to a question about Punjab DGP PS Gill and Principal Secretary to CM, DS Guru contesting elections on a ruling party ticket, the CEC said, “The commission cannot stop anyone from contesting election. However, any form of malpractices and hindrance in polling process will not be tolerated. The Commission will keep an eye on probabilities of misuse of positions.”

The CEC highlighted that use of money and muscle power during the election is a major area of concern. However, he assured the political parties of keeping an eye on such activities.

The Election Commission has also ordered the transfer of government officials who are working in their home town or posted in a city at a place for more than 3-4 years.

On the question of holding elections in Punjab before time, CEC said that no decision has been taken yet on this matter.

He however informed that assembly elections in Punjab will be carried in one phase and only photo voter identity cards issued by EC will be accepted for casting votes.

On the question of resorting to online voting system, he said, “This system is not secure because even banks are easily hacked. So, such processes cannot be incorporated in election process.”

The CEC has also appealed the general public to participate in election process wholeheartedly and not waste it by considering it a holiday.

JPN/Bureau