Need to Ban Opinion Polls : Quraishi

Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi favoured a ban on opinion polls before elections, saying they affected poll propects of political parties.

“Though exit polls had been banned, opinion polls arestill allowed and political parties are hit by it,” Quraishisaid at a seminar on “Electoral and Political Reforms”.

Underlining the need to ban opinion polls conducted before elections, he said it was a major problem which could even lead to “paid opinion polls”.

“In the circumstances, when news can be paid, even opinion polls can be paid,” he said.

Speaking to mediapersonslater, he said the ElectionCommission was yet to receive the report from its TechnicalExpert Committee on ways to improve the Electronic VotingMachines system and on provision of voter verifiable paperaudit trail system in EVMs.

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