Monday, April 06, 2009

Treat jailed candidates as ordinary prisoners: EC

5 Apr 2009, 2223 hrs IST, TNN



VARANASI: Election Commissioner Navin Chawla said the candidates contesting the Parliamentary elections from jails should be treated like ordinary
prisoners as mentioned in jail manual.

Chawla was here on Sunday to review the preparations for the election in 13 districts going for polling in the first phase on April 16. He said jail superintendents were responsible for the implementation of jail manuals and to take decisions in the matters of prisoners. He said video tracking of musclemen, prominent leaders and star campaigners had already been started.

He said the EC was in the favour of zero tolerance in the cases of violation of the model code of conduct. He denied that the EC had any report regarding postings of tainted policemen and administrative officials in Varanasi. He was satisfied with the preparations of elections in all the 13 districts. He said sufficient forces were being provided to all the districts while chopper would also be given to Sonebhadra for aerial monitoring of difficult terrain of this Naxal-affected area. He said borders of all those districts would remain sealed.

Chawla made it clear that those voters, who could not have succeeded in getting their election photo identity cards, would be allowed to vote with the help of identity proof used in past elections. He cautioned the dummy candidates to quit the electoral field, otherwise their expenditure would be added to the account of main candidates.
He said exercises like communication plan, vulnerability mapping had been completed. He said despite strict instructions, political activities, especially door-to-door canvassing by candidates, used to increase two days before electioneering. He said the district magistrates and police chiefs had been asked to increase patrolling

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