Lok Sabha Election 2019

Society alone can stop money distribution: CEO

The answer to the menace of distribution of money during elections has to come only from society, Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said here on Monday.

During an interaction with reporters, Mr. Sahoo, asked about the steps to be taken to control the distribution of money during elections, said: “All of us have to take note of this. The answer has to come from society like the problem has come from society. I think a lot of things have to be thought [of]. Money distribution has a lot of aspects.”

All the stakeholders should bring about an opinion against the distribution of money, he said and added: “We alone cannot do anything but entire society should bring about an opinion.”

Mr. Sahoo said that universities, media, political parties and the general public were the opinion makers.

About the challenges he faced during this election, Mr. Sahoo said this was the first time VVPAT machines were deployed in all the polling booths.

Special emphasis was given to training election officials on several election rules.

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