The Election Commission of India has warned all political parties in the fray for the February 23 Moga byelection that in case of any violation of the model code of conduct, strict action would be taken against the guilty as per the law.
A spokesman for the chief electoral officer (CEO), Punjab, said if EC officials found any candidate, his polling agent or party worker carrying more than Rs 50,000 in cash in a transport vehicle or by any other means during campaigning, the money would be confiscated and stern action taken against the violator.
Similarly, action would be taken against any candidate, polling agent or party worker who is found spending more than Rs 10,000 on publicity material, carrying drugs or gifts to woo voters, the spokesman said.
The EC officials would also confiscate any objectionable material found during checking of vehicles or poll offices.
The spokesman said the EC had already instructed its teams to hold videography and monitoring of the entire process to ensure that the model code of conduct was not violated.