Model Code of Conduct partially relaxed in Odisha
The Election Commission of India(ECI) today partially relaxed the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) enforced in Odisha since March 5 in view of the General elections in the state.
Election to 21 Lok Sabha seats and 147 Assembly Constituencies in Odisha was held in two phases on April 10 and 17 last. The model code of conduct came into force from the date of announcement of the election schedule on March 5 and would remain in force till the entire election process was over on May 28.
Apart from Odisha, the model code of conduct was also partially relaxed in Maharashtra, Goa and Jharkhand where the polling has been completed
A communication in this regard was conveyed to the Chief Secretaries and Chief Electoral Officers of the four states by the Election Commission.
The Communication said the administrative and the developmental works which had been stalled due to the model code of conduct could resume now.
But the officers involved in the election process could not be transferred till May 28.
The Ministers and other political leaders associated with the election also can not participate in any review meeting with the officials involved in the election process in the state, the order said.
The CEO had communicated the direction to the Secretaries of all departments, all the Revenue Divisional Commissioners and the District Collectors in the state.
(Posted on 01-05-2014)