New Delhi: As part of efforts to enforce the model code of conduct effectively, the Election Commission (EC) has asked poll officials to prepare a “violation index” to meticulously track candidates and star campaigners in the ensuing elections.
Chief electoral officers and district election officers have been asked to maintain a party-wise register to track any violation by candidates and campaigners.
This should be a sort of daily register indicating name of the candidate, campaigner and political party, brief description of violation, date of violation and the follow-up action, the EC said in a letter to chief electoral officers of all states and Union territories.
Serious talk: (L to R) Commissioners .Y. Quraishi, N. Gopalswami and Navin Chawla at the Election Commission of India office. Harikrishna Katragadda/ Mint
The “violation index” should be put in the public domain so that interested parties, including the media, can pick up the inputs, the EC letter said, suggesting this may deter candidates and political parties from indulging in any violation.
In cases involving violation of the model code of conduct by a candidate put up by a party or by leaders of political parties, both the candidate and the party would be served notices, EC said.
Communal and religious references in election campaign, character assassination, use of religious places for election purpose and bribing electors were some of the most commonly reported cases of violation by candidates, it added.