Use of foul language may attract action: EC
The Election Commission will tell political parties this week not to vitiate poll atmosphere by levelling unauthenticated charges against each other.india Updated: Feb 03, 2014 02:02 IST
The Election Commission will tell political parties this week not to vitiate poll atmosphere by levelling unauthenticated charges against each other.
The EC will also seek consent of the parties on slew of new measures to be introduced during 2014 Lok Sabha elections, including online filing of affidavits in English and Hindi and curbing the use of black money.
"The commission will make all efforts to make election free and fair and will not hesitate to take action against political parties for any violation of the regulations," a senior election commission functionary told HT.
The functionary also said that the EC will come out with new do’s and don’ts for the parties to ensure public discourse of high order. The EC will also reiterate the action including de-recognition of the parties for repeated violation of the election code of conduct.In an effort to prevent use of un-parliamentary language witnessed during 2013 polls for five states, the EC will circulate a draft at the meeting to be held with representatives of parties on February 5.
The parties are likely to be briefed on EC’s new measures to put a check on use of black money including mandatory disclosure of source of the money for contesting polls.
The commission will also appoint more expenditure observers in constituencies with a team of officials conducting raids. "We have finalised new directions for polls officers on expenditure to make it difficult for candidates to use unaccounted money in polls," an official said.
The EC will also increase poll expenditure limit by up to 30%. As of now the limit ranges from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 40 lakh per Lok Sabha constituency depending on the number of voters it has.
However, the commission does not expect much headway in electoral reforms being proposed by the Law Commission before the next general elections.
First Published: Feb 03, 2014 00:39 IST