Fri. Jul 19th, 2024

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Fake WhatsApp message circulates on vote schedule, clarifies EC

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Fake WhatsApp message circulates on vote schedule, clarifies ECLok Sabha Election 2024: Fake WhatsApp message circulates on vote schedule, clarifies EC

Lok Sabha Election 2024: The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Saturday that a fake WhatsApp message purporting to be from the Election Commission is making the rounds with regards to the timetable of the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections.

In a recent post on X, the Election Commission of India has issued a statement addressing circulating misinformation on WhatsApp concerning the schedule for the #LokSabhaElections2024. The Commission unequivocally stated, “FactCheck: The message is #Fake.” Clarifying further, they emphasized that no official dates have been announced as of yet by the #ECI. It’s important to note that the Election Schedule is exclusively announced by the Commission through a formal press conference.

Earlier on Friday, as per a report by India Today citing insider sources, it was indicated that the Election Commission of India (ECI) is anticipated to unveil the schedule for the Lok Sabha elections 2024 post-March 13. Teams from the Election Commission are actively conducting ground assessments of election preparedness across different states, with the evaluation process expected to wrap up around March 13.

In the interim, officials from the Election Commission of India (ECI) are holding regular meetings with Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) from various states to proactively tackle potential challenges in anticipation of the elections. These discussions primarily revolve around practical issues such as the logistics of transporting Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), ensuring adequate deployment of security personnel, and monitoring activities along state borders.

Earlier today, the Election Commission of India announced that it has requested state governments to ensure that officers who have completed three years of service in a district are not Transferred to a different district but still within the same parliamentary constituency.

According to the Election Commission of India’s policy, all officers who have either served in their home district or completed three years at a particular location have been instructed to undergo transfers. This directive applies to officers involved in election-related tasks, either directly or in a supervisory role, as outlined in the release.

The Election Commission of India, in a press release, has emphasized its serious concern regarding instances where officers are being transferred or posted in adjacent districts within the same Parliamentary Constituency by state governments. In response to this concern, the Commission has reinforced its existing transfer policy to prevent officials from disrupting the level playing field in elections.

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In the coming months, several states, including Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh, are gearing up to hold simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls.

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