The district election officer Srinagar has directed the mayor Srinagar Municipal Corporation to deposit the smartphones distributed among corporators of the city. The direction came after National Conference complained that giving away phones violated the election model code of conduct (MCC).
Acting on a complaint filed by Showkat Ahmad Mir, chief agent of NC’s contesting candidate for Srinagar parliamentary segment, the DEO has also asked the mayor to explain his conduct.
The ‘show-cause’ notice served to the mayor states that while monitoring the social media, the contents of the complaint have been verified.
The objective of the Model Code of Conduct is that a person in power should not expend his energies on doing good deeds on the eve of elections to derive poll benefits, the notice said.
“The same has been upheld by the Supreme Court of India in Ghassi Ram vs. Dal Singh and others,” the notice reads.
When contacted, mayor Junaid Azam Mattu said these phones were allotted, funding dispensed and procurement made well before the code of conduct came into force.
“The corporators were given the phones to facilitate conduct of their official business and grievance redressal and the phones are official, not personal. The election administration should ascertain all facts before jumping the gun,” he said.
BJP CANDIDATE GETS NOTICE:
The district election officer Srinagar has also issued a notice to BJP candidate for Srinagar parliamentary segment for holding a meeting without permission and concealing expenditure thereof.
The DEO has asked BJP candidate Sheikh Khalid Jehnagir to explain his conduct within 24 hours, failing which the matter shall be brought into the notice of the Election Commission for appropriate action.
According to the notice, Khalid has reportedly held an interactive session with the first time voters at Grand Palace Srinagar today without seeking prior permission from District Election Officer Srinagar.
This, according to the notice, clearly envisages that the expenses incurred thereof were also concealed.
“Whereas the Model Code of Conduct clearly outlines the conduct of political parties and the contesting candidates where under every action of theirs is to be monitored and for the purpose of which it is impend on their part to inform the election authorities and seek appropriate permission,” the notice reads.
The BJP candidate’s action is in violation of the Model Code of Conduct and the guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India, it further reads.