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EC registers 209 FIRs for poll code violation

Nivedita Khandekar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 14, 2013
First Published: 22:52 IST(14/10/2013) | Last Updated: 01:46 IST(15/10/2013)
The Delhi Election Commission has registered 209 first information reports (FIRs) against various political parties for violating the model code of conduct.

The cases were registered between October 4, the day election to the Delhi assembly was announced, and October 13, authorities said on Monday.

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Of these, there are 74 FIRs against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), 55 against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 50 against the Congress and 20 against the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). There are 26 FIRs against independents and other parties.

"Some of the FIRs include names of multiple parties. So even when the FIRs are 209, the action against parties counts up to 225," explained Ankur Garg, chief nodal officer (model code of conduct) for Delhi Election Commission.

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The cases are registered under various sections of the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Properties Act, 2007 (DPDP). The maximum number of cases are for defacement of properties as per the DPDP Act, misuse of vehicles, holding political rallies without permission and violation of loudspeaker norms.

Till Friday, the election authorities had registered over 200 cases of violations of model code of conduct (MCC). Of these, there were as many as 61 cases of model code of conduct violation against AAP, followed by 56 against Congress and 54 against the BJP.

The officials had then clarified that several of these 200 cases of code violations translate into FI Rs.

Apart from registering cases of model code violations, the Delhi Election Commission officials have also pulled down thousands of banners, posters and flex boards.

AAP had been alleging partisan action against it by the election authorities. The party's national executive member, Prashant Bhushan, had even written to the Election Commission of India seeking clarification on a certain clause of the Delhi Defacement of Properties Act, 2007, that prohibits putting up political posters on any individual's house too.

In view of the strict implementation of the model code of conduct, parties have geared up to shape their campaign accordingly. AAP has already announced a training session for its candidates keeping in mind that most of them are contesting polls for the first time and are new to politics.

The BJP had on Thursday issued a list of dos and don'ts for its party workers to ensure there is no violation of the code.

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