Ministers violating election code: EC

New Delhi, Sept 13 | Updated: Sep 14 2005, 05:30am hrs
Amid allegations of Union ministers violating the model code of conduct in poll-bound Bihar, the Election Commission (EC) has reminded the Centre of the dos and donts to be observed in the run-up to the Assembly elections in the state.

In a letter to the cabinet secretary and chief secretary of Bihar, the EC said the model code stipulated that ministers and other authorities shall not announce any financial grants in any form or make any promises, lay foundation of projects or schemes.

The code also bars them from making any promise of construction of roads, provision of drinking water or make any ad-hoc appointments in government, public undertakings which may influence the voters in favour of the party in power.

The Commission also directed that there shall be a total ban on the transfer of officers connected with the conduct of the election, EC sources said.

These include chief electoral officers, additional, joint, deputy chief electoral officers, divisional commissioners, district election officers, returning officers, officers of the police department connected with the management of elections like range IGs and DIGs, SSP and SP, DSP and other police officers.

Making it clear that the ban shall be effective till the completion of the election, the EC directed that the state government should refrain from transferring senior officers who have a role in election management in the state.