Staff Reporter

Election Commission to come up with ‘violation index’

KOLKATA: West Bengal’s Chief Electoral Officer Debashis Sen on Tuesday urged contesting political parties in the State to use more banners and cut-outs for campaigning instead of defacing walls of private property by painting graffiti even if it was done with the consent of the property-owners.

Addressing an interactive session on “Strong Election Commission, Strong Democracy,” organised by the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Sen said: “There is morality involved in painting graffiti on walls of private property even if it is done with permission from the owners.”

Showing a newspaper clip that carried a picture of a single stretch of wall painted with graffiti by several parties, he pointed out that such sights were not “morally pleasing even if they stick by prescribed rules.”

On alleged violations of the model code of conduct by certain candidates while campaigning, Mr. Sen said, the Central Election Commission would shortly come up with a ‘violation index,’ which would grade the candidates on the basis of the types of violation they were involved in and taking appropriate action against them subsequently.

Complaints received

“We have received some complaints regarding violation of code of conduct by certain candidates. We would surely take cognisance of these complaints, prepare reports and refer them to New Delhi,” he added.

Mr. Sen pointed out that the CEC would implement special codes of conduct in certain cases where the usual code of conduct was not applicable.