The Election Commission of India on Saturday directed all the District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police (SPs) to take strong action against officials, who are indulging in favouritism.

The poll body’s move comes in a bid to ensure “temptation free (prahlohan-mukt)” Lok Sabha elections and provide a level-playing field to all the political parties.

Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said that directions have been issued to all the DMs and SPs to ensure level playing field for all the political parties, and to take strong action against those officials indulging in favouritism.

“Ensure impartiality with junior officials working at cutting-edge level for level playing field. All the DEOs (District Election Officers) have been asked to immediately act on the complaint lodged by the political parties,” Kumar told reporters in Lucknow.

“At present, no complaint is pending and all the problems have been satisfactorily redressed,” he said.

Kumar, who was accompanied by Election Commissioner Arun Goel, also asked the officials to check cases of impersonation.

The chief election commissioner said that immediate action should be taken against people, who are involved in fraudulent activities pertaining to the election process. (PTI)


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