The Chief Electoral Officer’s seizure report has stated that the value of cash, liquor and other freebies seized during the Indian general elections has crossed Rs 100 crore. The total number of cases related to illegal items distributed among voters has risen to 792 since the announcement of the model code of conduct on March 29. The Election Commission has repeatedly warned political parties against such practices and has taken strict actions, including cancelling candidatures, to ensure free and fair elections. However, these seizures show that illegal practices are still widespread in the country’s electoral process.
Today: December 1, 2023