Cracking down on misuse of Short Message Services (SMS) during poll campaigning, the Election Commission on Monday warned that those sending "objectionable" mobile texts to the electorate ahead of the October 13 elections in Haryana will face legal action.
An EC spokesman said the Commission has observed a trend of certain objectionable messages being sent through mobile SMSes in violation of the provisions of election law and model code of conduct.
Police will initiate inquiry, trace the original sender of such SMSes and take appropriate action under relevant provisions of Indian Penal Code, Representation of People Act 1951, the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 and instructions or directions issued by the Commission, he said.
However, the spokesman did not elaborate ons what kind of SMS content will be considered as "objectionable".
In case of bulk SMSes transmitted during the campaign for electioneering, the cost involved will be included in the candidate's election expenses.
There shall be prohibition of transmitting bulk SMSes of political nature for a period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for conclusion of poll, the spokesman said.
Police will advertise special mobile numbers on which the receiver of objectionable SMSes can forward the said message alongwith the number of the sender.