Data theft, fake news threats to polls: CEC

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Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner (CEC) O.P. Rawat said here on Satur­day that the present set of laws was “in­ad­e­quate” to tackle the men­ace of black money in elec­tions, and noted that Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica-like “machi­na­tions” of data theft, data har­vest­ing and fake news posed a po­tent threat to the elec­toral process in the coun­try.

Mr. Rawat, speak­ing on “Chal­lenges to In­dia elec­toral democ­racy” at a sym­po­sium, said democ­racy did not run on whims and it re­quired traits such as courage, char­ac­ter, in­tegrity and knowl­edge that were di­min­ish­ing and were on the “verge of ex­tinc­tion” in the coun­try.

The CEC said clean elec­tions were like a “well­spring of le­git­i­macy” for the lead­er­ship, and the peo­ple of the coun­try and if this was con­tam­i­nated by such is­sues, the com­mon man be­came “cyn­i­cal” about the en­tire sys­tem, which was an area of con­cern.

O.P. Rawat

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