Assembly Polls: Voting on Nov 28, counting on Dec 11

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Oct 2018 12:03:04


Staff Reporter,

Model Code of Conduct comes into force

The Election Commission of India (EC) has declared election dates for Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections. According to the schedule, voting will be held on November 28 and votes will be counted on December 11. With this, the model code of conduct has come into force from the moment of announcement of election schedule. Now the Election Commission will keep close watch on every activity of political parties and will implement code of conduct strictly.

Giving the information of election schedule for Madhya Pradesh in press conference held in State Capital on Saturday, Chief Electoral Officer V L Kanta Rao said that with the declaration of dates of election, model code of conduct has come into force in State. Media surveillance and activities of political parties and their leaders have come under the scanner. Maximum expenditure limit for a candidate is Rs 28 lakh.

Informing about schedule, he told that gazette notification will be issued on November 2, last date of nomination is November 9, scrutiny of nominations will be done on November 12, last date for withdrawal of candidature is November 14 and polling date is November 28. Votes will be counted on December 11 and election process would be completed before December 13.

Moreover, he told that from now onwards law and order situation will be monitored on day to day basis. Squad for expenditure control would be formed. Permission will be needed for political parties and candidate to use vehicle for campaigning. Political advertisements will be pre-certified. Maximum information about election would be uploaded on the website of CEO and DEO. More than this, officer’s conduct has also come under the scanner. Madhya Pradesh is having cent percent photo electoral rolls.

He said that out of 230 Assembly seats in State, 35 seats are of SC and 47 seats are of ST category. Total voters as per final voters’ list are 5,03,34,260. BLOs will distribute voters’ slip to every home. Voters guide will be also given in every home which would guide about electoral process.
Under the innovative efforts, voters assistance will be established. There would be at least one pink polling booth in every Assembly segment. This means that this polling booth will be totally operated by women employees.

When asked that whether political leaders can visit the religious functions, particularly during Navratri, he said that they can visit as common man but could not use dais for publicity purpose and in any such kind of event, its expenditure will be added into their account. EC teams will be doing recording of religious functions to check any misuse of such platform for political activity purpose. Candidates have to give election related expenditure from time to time. With this, eye will be also kept on use of illegal cash and it will be seized immediately.

A C-Vigil App has also come into effect from Saturday onwards and through this App, anyone can lodge complaint regarding any kind of irregularity in election process. Moreover, EC also appeals for eco-friendly publicity by lessening the use of plastic related articles. In nomination letters, candidates have to give full information including criminal record if they had any. He also assured that to ensure free and fair election, the Commission can remove or transfer any officer. As far as security measures are concerned, around one lakh police officials will be deployed and central para-military force has been also demanded. Additional force has been demanded for two Naxal-affected districts. Out of 65,000 polling stations, 15,000 have been identified as sensitive. With the coming of model code of conduct into force, no government scheme could be publicised. On question of SAPAKS party, he said that so far no information about its registration has been received and on getting information in this regard, further amendments could be done.