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Stand committed to free media, says ECI

Election Commission of India. Photo: ECI

New Delhi, May 5 (MNN) Reacting to reports that the two-member ECI was divided on a gag order on media for reporting a Madras High Court criticism of the poll panel, the latter on Wednesday maintained that it stood committed to its faith in the free media.

The Election Commission of India asserted that there was unanimity that there should not be any prayer in the apex court for restriction on the media reporting.

“The Election Commission of India has taken note of recent narrative relating to its position in relation to media. The Commission has also come across certain press reports in the same regard. The Commission always has appropriate deliberations before any decisions are taken,” it said.

“The Commission as a whole and each one of its members recognises the positive role played by media in the conduct of all elections in the past and present and in strengthening electoral democracy in the country.

It said that the panel very specially recognised the media’s role in enhancing effectiveness of election management and in reinforcing transparency from the very beginning of the election process till the end, including transparent coverage during all processes, campaigning and from polling station level to counting.

The ECI’s approach on the collaboration with the media is that of a natural ally and remains unchanged, it added.

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