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Lok Sabha Elections: Citizen groups keep eye on parties for code violations in Mumbai

Monday, 14 April 2014 - 4:52am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

While the city is set to go for polls in less than two weeks' time, candidates in fray from six Lok Sabha constituencies are leaving no stone unturned to promote themselves in public eye.
While candidates' canvassing is all set to be in full swing at this juncture, there is a possibility of parties violating model code of conduct. A citizens' group from Chembur is out to help the Election Commission (EC) in keeping an eye on candidates.

The Advanced Locality Management and Networking Action Committee (ALMANAC) in Chembur has taken this initiative to act as a watchdog at their level. As part of this, the group has circulated list of the norms to its residents' associations attached to it and specifically asked members to remain vigilant in this regard.

"We have circulated amongst members details of code of conduct a candidate has to follow. We have also shared links of affidavits of candidates contesting from our constituency. If any member finds violation on part of a candidate, then we will immediately bring it to the notice of the EC. The vigilance will be kept until the code of conduct period is over," Rajkumar Sharma, chief of ALMANAC, said.

There are 21 candidates in race to become member of Parliament from the Mumbai South-Central constituency where Sharma stays.

Similarly, the Perry Road Residents' Association in Bandra too plans to be vigilant on the polling day. "Being civic activists, we anyways are vigilant throughout the year. In election period though, the vigilance level is on higher side amongst candidates themselves. Functionaries of each candidate do keep an eye on rival parties to pick up negative points. Our group will be more vigilant on the polling day though," Anil Joseph, chairman of Bandra's Perry Road Residents' Association, said.

Despite repeated attempts, chief electoral officer Nitin Gadre could not be reached for his comment. Another EC official, wishing anonymity, said, "We welcome such activism. Rather we expect all the voters to remain alert and help EC in ensuring norms are being followed."

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