|State CEO briefs parties on model code|
GUWAHATI, March 12 - Chief Electoral Officer, Assam, Mukesh Chandra Sahu, today interacted with representatives of various political parties – AGP, AIUDF, BJP, BPF, CPI(M) and INC at a meeting held here.
The CEO, while sharing the Manual on Model Code of Conduct with the representatives, informed them about the modalities that candidates and parties must follow during the election process. The Compendium of Instructions on Election Expenditure Monitoring was also shared with the political parties and the guidelines of the expenditure monitoring were explained.
Sahu also updated in detail the process of nomination. Updated form of affidavit in Form 26 was also shared with the parties. The CEO informed the representatives that pending criminal cases and convictions, if any, will have to be published as prescribed in newspaper and TV as per formats, a copy of which was circulated. Candidates will also have to inform their political parties about such cases. The duties of political parties in this regard were also underscored. The State CEO stated that all electors who have been issued Electors Photo Identity Cards (EPICs) can produce them for their identification at the polling station for casting their votes.
Those electors who are not able to produce the EPIC can produce any of the 11 alternative photo identity documents for establishing their identity. These include passport, driving licence, service identity cards with photograph issued to employees by Central/State government/ PSUs/public limited companies, passbooks with photograph issued by bank/ post office, PAN card, smart card issued by Registrar General of India (RGI) under National Population Register (NPR), MGNREGA job card, health insurance smart card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour, pension document with photograph, official identity cards issued to MPs/ MLAs/ MLCs and Aadhaar card.