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Chief Election Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Tuesday said that fake social media posts are affecting free and fair elections and are becoming a common challenge for all election management bodies. In fact, CEC Rajeev Kumar said this during a meeting with a delegation led by German Foreign Minister Annala Bierbock in Delhi today.

Rajeev Kumar said that democracy has deep roots in the traditions of India. He said that India has ensured a robust electoral process to hold free, fair, inclusive elections. More than one crore polling staff have been deployed for this, he said, adding that the Election Commission ensures the participation of political parties at every stage.

Social media stories are becoming a common challenge. The Chief Election Commissioner said, fake social media stories potentially affecting free and fair elections are emerging as a common challenge for most election management bodies.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Bierbock praised the Election Commission for managing elections in India, the world’s largest democracy, despite diverse geographical, cultural and voter challenges. During this time, the Election Commission briefed the German delegation on voter participation and the electoral process.

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