THE ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA LAYS STRESS ON ETHICAL VOTING
moral responsibility for exercising franchise
Bhubaneswar:Date: 31.01.2014:OBB(I&PR):ETHICAL VOTING election commission stressed :The social fabric of long cherished democracy in India will be jeopardised unless voters are educated on the moral responsibility of exercising their franchise, says
Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha, Shri Dash said that the concept of Ethical Voting holds the key, in order to educate the voters on the sanctity of preferring their choice through the process of election. The lofty ideals of democracy cannot be realised to attain this sole objective, Media have to play a pivotal role. Because of unstinted support of media in sensitising the mass on the significance of voting, endeavours for healthy functioning of democracy have been successful both in New Delhi & Tamilnadu elections. The moral education of 81 crore voters in India matter much in the global scenario. Since the process of election mirrors the hopes and aspirations of the people, this mega exercise should be conducted in a free & fair manner. The candidates should also stick to the prescribed limit of expenditure. Any attempt to woo the voters by offering bribe in any manner warrants the penal Provision as enshrined in the Section -17(b) of Election Code of conduct. This provision may put both the giver and taker of bribe inside the bar for a period of one year. Media should extensively disseminate this information in the larger interest of the public, he said. Any good work done by media in this regard will be rewarded at national level, informed Shri Dash.