BBMP cell keeps tabs on election code violations in media

BBMP cell keeps tabs on election code violations in media

The media monitoring cell set up at the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has identified around 20 cases of model code of conduct (MCC) violations in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections scheduled for April 17.

The cell has been created to keep a tab on cases related to violations of model code of conduct in the media. The cell has around 40 people monitoring the news relayed on television channels. They also check the newspapers to see if there are any advertisements violating the MCC and paid news among others.

“The cell is functioning since March 16 and will work till the end of elections. There are total of 15 television sets inside the cell wherein English, Hindi and regional news channels are telecast.

The staff work in three to four shifts all through the day. Around 10 people work in each shift. In case of any violations, they report to the returning officers (ROs), who will, in turn, file a case and inform the Election Commission of India,” BBMP spokesperson S S Khandre told Deccan Herald.

The monitoring cell records the relaying of news on a hard disk and in case of any violations, they hand over the clippings to the Election Commission.

“Recently, the Election Commission asked us to hand over the recording of KPCC President G Parameshwara and Janata Dal (Secular) national president H D Deve Gowda spat,” said one of the Palike officials.

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