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CPI approaches EC with ‘poll-survey’ complaint

The Communist Part of India (CPI) has filed a complaint with the Chief Election Commissioner S Y Qureshi alleging that pre-poll surveys were being conducted in Goa in violation of both the Election Commission’s directives as well as the Representation of People’s Act.

Addressing a press briefing, CPI Panaji constituency candidate Christopher Fonseca said the party takes strong objection to an article in a Goan English daily which claims to have carried out a survey in the Panaji constituency. The article had termed Fonseca a weak candidate.

Fonseca said this “has caused irreparable damage to my campaign and strikes at the root of secret ballot by directly influencing voters.”

Fonseca said he has asked the state Chief Electoral Officer that “an office has to be registered against the motivated and biased poll survey.”

The state election commission appears to have taken cognizance of the complaint, and Jt CEO N Navti acknowledged Fonseca’s complaint in his press briefing. The CPI has also filed police complaint in the matter.

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