Model code will apply to Council poll

 Hitherto, model code of conduct came into effect during the conduct of the election process for parliamentary, assembly and local body polls.

The Election Commission (EC) took the decision on the recommendation of a sub-group of chief electoral officers from various states. “We felt that the model code of conduct should also be applicable for Council polls. We submitted our proposal and the EC has accepted the same,” State Chief Electoral Officer C S Suranjana told reporters in Bangalore on Monday.

The code of conduct will not be as stringent as that enforced during general elections, he said. Election for two seats each from teachers and graduates constituency to the Legislative Council will be held  next month. The code of conduct will come into effect for these polls once the calender of events is announced.

More reforms

More election reforms will be discussed at the south zonal conference of CEO in Bangalore commencing on Tuesday, he said.

As a part of diamond jubilee celebrations of the Election Commission of India, Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla will inaugurate a photo-exhibition at Chitrakala Parishat in Bangalore on Tuesday.

The exhibition will display unique photographs related to elections from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Union Territories of Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar and Puducherry, Director General (IEC) Akshay Rout told reporters.

The photo exhibition is open to public between 10 am and 5 pm on May 11 and between 9 am and 5 pm on May 12.

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