District level training on MCMC
Source: The Sangai Express
Thoubal, January 19 2017:
A one-day district level training on Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) for media and political parties in connection with the ensuing 11th State Assembly election was held today at Thoubal DC Conference hall under the aegis of the Office of Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur, our correspondent reports.
The training was organized by the Office of the District Electoral Officer, Thoubal.
Deputy Commissioner/District Electoral Officer Thoubal, M Joy Singh who chaired the today's meeting said the training primarily focus on the matter of paid news and political advertisements.
Mayengbam Rajkumar, AC to DC, Thoubal, briefed on the certification of political advertisements and urged them to ensure clearance from the MCMC before publishing the same in order to safeguard the Model Code of Conduct.
Mayengba Rajkumar urged media persons not to publish paid news and also laid out the many steps and measures taken up by the Election Commission of India (ECI) to prevent such malpractices.
He spoke of the need to obtain a certification from concerned MCMC before broadcasting any political related advertisement.
Any political content uploaded on blogs and self account on any social media websites will not be treated as political advertisement.
Political advertisements issued on e-papers shall however require pre certification, he stated.
Reporters, correspondents from various media firms and representatives of political parties attended the training.