EC to hold workshop with Facebook on misuse of social media during polls

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Oct 2018 09:05:42



THE Election Commission (EC) has proposed to hold a workshop with Facebook officials on preventing the misuse of social media platforms during polls, Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said that here on Wednesday.
Addressing a press conference on the concluding day of an EC team’s three-day visit to poll-bound Telangana, he also said that the commission had directed officials to address the issues of alleged discrepancies and bogus voters in the electoral rolls and rectify them after field visits.
Elections to the 119-member Telangana Assembly will be held on December 7.

During its visit, the 11-member EC team headed by Rawat reviewed the poll preparedness in the State and held meetings with political parties, during which the Congress alleged that there were nearly 70 lakh discrepancies in the voters’ list, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) complained about the presence of “bogus” voters in the list. On the proposed workshop, Rawat said that it would be held to discuss efforts to prevent misuse of social media during elections.

“Before leaving for Hyderabad, I had a meeting with a Facebook team in Delhi and we are going to organise a workshop with them to further strengthen these arrangements (to prevent the misuse of social media) so that we can prevent any adverse impact on these elections. Not only these elections, even the Lok Sabha elections,” he said.
The CEC, however, did not specify when the workshop would be organised.

On the Congress’s allegation over the voter list, Rawat said that poll officials were instructed to carry out ground-level verification, along with representatives of political parties.