CEC SY Quraishi favours Ban on Opinion Polls

India’s Chief election commissioner SY Quraishi on Sunday argued to ban opinion polls and advertisements on the day of the polling.

Information to this effect was made by Chief election commissioner SY Quraishi at the first regional consultation on electoral reform that, “I feel that the opinion polls should be banned because of the paid news problem.”

He said there was also a need to check advertisements which appear in the print media on the day of polls as they have an impact on voters’ mind.

Referring to electoral malpractices, Quraishi said the people indulging in these practices get away with a small punishment of around Rs500 which was meagre and should be enhanced.

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