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All should participate in poll process, says Gupta

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CHENNAI: Every person should come forward to participate in the electoral process, said Naresh Gupta, Chief Electoral Officer, Tamil Nadu here on Saturday.

Speaking at a function after launching a website: www.empoweringindia.org, he said avoiding voting will provide a chance for others to cast bogus votes.

In Tamil Nadu 70 per cent of the people exercised their franchise in the Assembly elections in 2006. If the polling was 95 per cent then it would be good, he observed.

Talking about the efforts of Election Commission, Mr Gupta said some of the measures were supported by judiciary.

The Election Commission had submitted several proposals to the government, which are still pending.

T.S.Krishnamoorthy, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, said the Election Commission employed five million people for the electoral process.

The role of Election Commission had been included in the Constitution itself, which is not so in the case of other countries, he said.

On the occasion Barun Mitra, Director, Liberty Institute, explained about the website.

The programme was jointly organised by the Press Institute of India, Liberty Institute and Friedrich Naumann - Stiftung fur die Freiheit.

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