CEC Rawat issues guidelines for political parties

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Nov 2018 15:18:45


Staff Reporter,


Chief Election Commissioner of India O P Rawat issued certain guidelines to all the political parties in State for ensuing Assembly elections during the meeting with their representatives.

The meeting with the representatives of political parties is stated to be significant because apart from the guidelines issued by the Election Commission, the political parties highlighted the difficulties being faced by them as well as forwarded complaints on issues which they think are violating EC as well as Model Code of Conduct norms. The meeting also discussed several crucial issues relating to the Assembly polls. The meeting was attended by the representatives of various political parties.

The full Election Commission which chaired the meeting comprised of CEC O P Rawat, Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and Ashok Lawasa, Senior Deputy Election Commissioners Umesh Sinha, Deputy Election Commissioners Sudeep Jain and Chandrabhushan Kumar, DG (Election Expenses) Dilip Sharma, DG (Communication Affairs) Dheerendra Ojha, ECI Principal Secretary N N Butalia and Chhattisgarh Chief Electoral Officer Subrat Sahoo.

The Bharatiya Janata Party delegation led by Naresh Chandra Gupta, State Convener, BJP Election Legal Cell, submitted an application comprising of demands like increasing numbers of vehicles for transportation of election materials to different parts of the state. The BJP stated that the Election Commission has permitted only one vehicle for transportation of election materials to different parts of the state which is becoming difficult given the topographical conditions of the state.

It is practically impossible to transport election materials to all 90 Assembly segments in 27 districts through one vehicle. Hence the political parties should be allowed at least 10 vehicles for transportation of election materials or make arrangements for transportation of such election materials.

The BJP also raked up the issue regarding publicity during elections with the help of folk artists. It stated that the party has forwarded at least six applications to CEO Chhattisgarh, but till date no response of acceptance or refusal has been received so far. The party also wrote for introducing single window system for fast approvals or permissions. Also there is significant delay in the disposal of cases being submitted to MCMC, both of which should be ensured.

The BJP also stated that no action has been taken by the office of CEO Chhattisgarh against Congress leaders who tried to enter BJP office on October 16, 2018 forcibly. A complaint was launched with the office of CEO Chhattisgarh on October 17, but no action has been taken so far. It came to fore that District Electoral Officer Korba has  directed to provide a hoarding for four days each to political parties, it is beyond comprehension under what norms such a directive has been issued, asked BJP. The party also sought permission for allowing transportation of voter slips to voters.

A delegation from JCC(J) comprising of Iqbal Ahmed Rizwi, Nitin Bhansali, D R Agrawal, Prateek Agrawal amongst others, also met the Chief Election Commissioner and submitted a memorandum demanded that during polling in LWE affected areas under first phase of elections, videography and installation of CCTv cameras should be a must apart from ensuring sufficient security arrangements in all polling booths coming under LWE areas.

The JCC(J) representatives also demanded that the ECI should put an effective check on sale of liquor, which is being done through government shops in Chhattisgarh. The ECI should effectively monitor the supply and distribution as well as sale of liquor through these outlets.

The JCC(J) also demanded to immediately remove the photographs of Chief Minister and Prime Minister from bills issued against LPG cylinder delivery, power bills and from all government documents. Under the Sanchar Kranti Yojna, the state government has distributed mobile phones to beneficiaries having free data of six months. The expenses incurred for providing such free data for the period Model Code of Conduct is imposed in the state, should be added to the expenses of Bharatiya Janata Party.
The JCC (J) also demanded for strictly monitoring of the speeches being made by political leaders during election campaigning and to take action against those who make any inducement in their speeches.

The delegation also sought to provide clear-cut directives on election campaigning through various social media platforms.

Rawat reviews poll preparations

Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat chaired the meeting of administrative and police officials and reviewed the poll preparations for the Chhattisgarh Assembly General Elections, which will be held in two phases, polling for first phase will be held on November 12 and for second phase on November 20.

The meeting was attended by District Returning Officers, Superintendents of Police, Divisional Commissioners, Range IGs, and other related officials. During the meeting the CEC turn by turn discussed the preparations from every District Electoral Officer and SPs and asked them to ensure free and fair elections.