‘Parties, candidates must follow code of conduct’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Oct 2018 10:39:18


Staff Reporter,

Chief Electoral Officer V L Kanta Rao holds meeting with representatives of political parties


Polling in Madhya Pradesh will be held on November 28
Counting of votes will be held on Dec 11

Election notification will be issued on November 2

Nomination will be received till November 9.

Scrutiny of forms will be carried out on November 12

Withdrawal of candidature on November 14

“FOLLOWING model code of conduct is mandatory for all the political parties and the candidates and in this regard all the information has been provided to the political parties,” said Chief Electoral Officer V L Kanta Rao during a meeting with representatives of recognised political parties in the State capital on Sunday.

Addressing the meeting, Rao said that polling in Madhya Pradesh will be held on November 28 and counting of votes will be held on December 11. Rao said that election notification will be issued on November 2, nomination will be received from candidates till November 9. Scrutiny of forms will be carried out on November 12 and withdrawal of candidature will be held on November 14 and list of candidates will also be issued on this day. He said model code of conduct has been implemented with announcement of date for Assembly election.
Additional Chief Electoral Officer Sandeep Yadav, Lokesh Jatav, Joint Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Kaul and representatives of political parties were present on the occasion.

Kanta Rao said that according to directives of Election Commission of India all the political parties should also give their contribution in saving the environment and in this election they should do eco-friendly publicity. He said there are 5,03,34,260 voters registered in electoral roll and all the voters have been provided electoral photo identity cards (EPIC). Rao also informed that voters’ list with photo of voters will be available cent per cent and voters’ slip will be distributed door to door five days prior to the polling day. Similarly, voters’ slip for divyangs will be available in Braille script. Voters’ guide will be made available to know the status of voting of each house in the State and there will be 65,341 polling booths in the State. Videography will be done at all sensitive polling booths. Paramilitary force will be deployed at all such booths.

All the candidates will have to submit an affidavit along with nomination and if there is any case registered against them then it should be mentioned clearly. All the columns are necessary for the candidates and election expenses maximum limit for candidates is Rs 28 lakh. Kanta Rao said that only women officials and employees will conduct polling at around 500 pink booths in the State. Only divyang employee will be deployed at 20 to 25 polling booths to ensure poling process in the Assembly elections. Action on any serious complaint related to election will be taken within 24 hours. Service voters will be provided ballot papers with bar code. Action in other complaints will be ensured within three days. Flying squad and video surveillance team will do monitoring continuously. They will shoot photo and videography. He said law and order will be reviewed every day. Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) will maintain vigil 24 hours on advertisements telecast by news channels.