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EC to ensure observance of Code of Conduct

The Election Commission would ensure strict observance of the Model Code of Conduct for peaceful, free and fair polls in Assam.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 22:47 IST

The Election Commission would ensure strict observance of the Model Code of Conduct for peaceful, free and fair polls in Assam, Chief Election Commissioner BB Tandon said.

"The EC has zero level of tolerance on the violation of the Model Code of Conduct. The Chief Secretary has been asked to personally monitor the situation," Tandon said during his two-day visit here on the coming assembly elections in the state.

"I have also impressed upon the civil and police officials to ensure total observance of the Model Code of Conduct which came into effect when the election schedule was announced on March 1," he said.

The full Election Commission comprising the two Election Commissioners, N Gopalaswami and Navin Chawla, led by Tandon on Monday reviewed the poll preparations in the state and met representatives of both national and state recognised political parties who made oral and written submissions.

The EC said that each point made by them would be fully considered after verification, especially on the allegations about violation of the conduct code.

Elections to the 126-member assembly in the state would be held in two phases. While 65 constituencies would go to polls on April 3, balloting would take place for another 61 seats in the second phase on April 10.

Notification for the first phase would be issued on March 10.

First Published: Mar 07, 2006 22:43 IST