TIMELY INTERVENTION by the State Election Commission (SEC) saved thousands of Samajwadi Party nominees, whose papers could have been rejected on technical ground all over the State in the civic poll.
It is, however, interesting to note that the SEC hurriedly issued the order on September 29 and but it took six days to reach the Lucknow district magistrate’s office on October 4 while the last date of filing nomination papers in the civic poll was October 6.
As per rules, national president of a political party issues an order through Form 13 authorising its state president/secretary to select candidates for the civic poll. The national president verifies signatures of the party’s state president/ secretary also through the same form.
On the basis of Form 13, state president/secretary of any party exercise their power to select their respective candidates and issue the party symbol to them.
The Samajwadi Party camp became panicky when it was detected that Shiv Pal Singh Yadav, PWD Minister and brother of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, had signed on the Form 13, exercising the power of national president of his party for which he was not authorised and as such it could well be a technical or legal ground to reject nomination papers of all the Samajwadi Party candidates. And so the SEC issued an order (Number 2651 Ra.Ni.Aa.Anu-6/2006) on September 29, 2006, amending the rule and thereby giving the power of signing on Form 13 to state president/secretary also. Meaning thereby that the powers which were earlier with only national president of a party, have been extended to state president/secretary also.
An officer of the SEC, however, justified the last minute amendment in the rule saying that it was done on the demand of all the political parties. He, however, expressed his ignorance about the signing on official papers of nomination by Shiv Pal Singh Yadav. He denied that the order was issued under any political pressure.