Panaji: Journalists in Goa are planning to stage protests during the visit of Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi to the state to highlight the alleged "non cooperative attitude" adopted by the local election office.

The Goa Union of Journalists (GUJ), an apex body of working journalists in the state, has resolved to stage protests during the visit of Quraishi, expected in the next fortnight, claiming that the local officers have refused to divulge any information to the media.

"The Commission receives several complaints. There is no response on those complaints. When we want to inquire about their follow up, the officers just shut the door on us," GUJ president Pandurang Gaonkar said.

Journalists have been protesting at the Election Commission's office here since the last two days. Despite the protests, chief electoral officer S Kumarswamy has refused to meet the media.

The Commission had earlier announced that it would brief the press every day, Gaonkar said, adding, "But suddenly after a chain of incidents, it has turned hostile."

The BJP too has accused the Election Commission of turning a blind eye towards its complaints of misuse of power by the Congress.

(Agencies)