New Delhi: Taking serious note of complaints made by rival factions including Congress against the Uttar Pradesh officials who were found giving oral orders to the officers on poll duty, the Election Commission on Wednesday asked the state government to refrain from such acts as it is a severe intrusion in the poll process.

Terming the incidences unfortunate, the EC said, “It has come to notice that some senior officials of the state administration other than the election body are issuing oral and telephonic instructions to the officers who are on election duty across the state. This is unethical on the part of fair elections and is a sheer breach in the poll process.”

EC Principal Secretary RK Srivastava in a strong letter to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary has asked to inform the state officials to refrain themselves from instructing or issuing written orders which are not in consonance with the instructions of EC to the officers on poll duty. He further warned of strict action under violation of model code of conduct, in case the incidences reoccurred.

It is noteworthy, a Congress delegation met EC and had made complaints against several senior officials of the state Secretariat in this regard.

Notably, the Uttar Pradesh government has been facing continuous wrath from the election body following their actions which may lead to violation of model code of conduct.

The commission had issued warning against state Chief Secretary Anoop Mishra after he alleged the election body of being discriminatory while ordering covering up of BSP symbol and Mayawati’s statues.
CEC flays political parties for irresponsible remarks

It is the problem of the political parties and not the election body if its any decision is unacceptable to them, the Chief Election Commission S Y Qureshi said the political parties following several criticisms of its directives.

When asked about the commission’s decision to cover up the statues of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and the BSP symbol (elephant), the CEC said, “Being impartial with all the political parties, the election body had made the decision to this effect. If it is unacceptable by any party then it is their problem.”

He further asserted that during the 2004 General Elections, the commission had ordered the covering up of pictures of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The election body was also the target of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who had taken exception to the actions of Commission officials. Badal had said the Commission officials should act with constitutional restraint.