Give teeth to model code of conduct: EC

Hyderabad, April 20 | Updated: Apr 21 2005, 05:30am hrs
The Election Commission said it will ask the government to give legislative shape to the model code of conduct to effectively check any violations.

We are going to recommend to the government that legislative shape be given to the code of conduct so that the Election Commission will have powers to deal with the incidents of violations more effectively, Chief Election Commissioner TS Krishna Murthy said after chairing a conference of the state election commissioners here.

Once the election code of conduct gets the legislative teeth, the Chief Election Commissioner would be competent to disqualify a candidate or impose penalties in the event of any violations, he said.