Sushil Chandra, the Chief Election Commissioner, has written to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, requesting that the government act quickly on the electoral reform proposals currently before it, including one that seeks a two-year prison sentence for those who provide false information in their poll affidavit. The Election Commission's major election reform recommendation is to increase the penalty for people who provide false information in poll affidavits from six months to two years in prison. A two-year prison sentence might prevent the candidate from running for office for six years. To offer a strong deterrence against the malpractice, the Election Commission has proposed making paid news an electoral offense under the Representation of the People Act.
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