The State chief electoral officer Banwarlal announced that he will come up with a detailed account of the malpractices by the candidates and others in the 2009 elections.
He told Postnoon yesterday that he has already written to the district collectors, police and IT officials for a detailed account of the malpractices during the last elections and the action taken by the officials over the matter. “I will come up with a detailed account to the media soon,” he said.
Banwarlal said that employing children for the election campaign is an offence and action would be taken against the respective candidates if it is proved. An amount of `7 crore and around one lakh litres of liquor were seized and 1,161 cases booked, he said. An all party meeting would be held on May 16 and only political parties recognised by the election commission would be allowed to take part in the meeting.
Banwarlal made it clear that model code of conduct comes into effect from the day of election notification.The government should not release advertisements to the media on development programmes in view of model code of conduct, he added. The media should not telecast and print pre-poll surveys till the elections are over.
Instead of pre-poll surveys, the media could propagate the provisions of model code of conduct that ensures free and fair elections, the CEO suggested. The candidates will have to open election accounts from the day of nomination and every transaction should be in black and white and through a bank.
The election commission usually appoints observers to watch expenses of parties and candidates. Nodal officers and IT department can take action on poll violations. Elections to 18 Assembly constituencies and one Parliament seat would be held in 5,405 polling stations. Total number of voters in these constituencies is 44,01,392.