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For suggesting amendments in the election law the election commission has decided to set up a panel in light of the following complaints that the commission has not able to keep pace with the information technology only barring the provision of campaign 48 hours before polling.
Members from the poll panel, information and broadcasting law and IT ministry shall be in the committee alongside the members from the National Broadcasters Association (NBA) and Press Council of India (PCI).
The committee has been set up to the examine, scrutinize and suggest changes in the present provisions in the election law in context to the communication technology.
The order to set up a committee in the wake of complaints against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with FICCI and the Rahul Gandhi’s interviews with the Gujarati news channel even after the campaign period came to an end.
It was stated by the poll panel that the section 126 of the Representation of the People Act has not taken the revolutionary changes in the communication technologies into account.
The Election Commission said that the it has become imperative to the revist and examine the provisions which talk about the campaign in the 48 hours before the poll to appropriately address challenges unleashed by fast changing technologies in the context of multi-phase polls.