New Delhi: Taking exception to Uttar Pradesh
officials giving oral orders to officers on poll duty, the
Election Commission Wednesday asked the state government to
refrain from such acts as it may jeopardise the poll process.
It has come to the notice of the Commission that some
senior officers in the State Secretariat, other than Election
Department, are issuing oral/telephonic instructions to the
election-related officers posted in the state/district which
may be at variance with the instructions of the Commission,
the EC said.
In a strong letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary, the
EC said issuing instructions to any officials designated on
election duty was "unwarranted" and may "jeopardise" the
election process and "in many cases create confusion in field
machinery for elections".
Taking serious note of the situation, the Commission has
directed that the district officers may be asked to comply
with only those written orders which are in consonance with
the instructions of the Commission.
"The officers of the state secretariat may be told not to
issue any oral/telephonic or otherwise instructions regarding
election management to the state/district authorities which
are outside their jurisdiction," the EC said.
The Commission pointed out that the Representation of
Peoples` Act states that officers of the state government
engaged in poll duty shall be deemed to be on deputation to
the Election Commission from the date of the notification of
the polls till the declaration of results.