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Take measures to curb the use of public funds at the polls: HC | India News


CHENNAI: Stating that the Election Commission of India (ECI) has sufficient authority to establish checks and balances that allow a minister or similar to enjoy status but not spend official funds to campaign, the Madras high court said the commission should propose those measures at least for the next elections.
The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Judge Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy made the observation Tuesday by ditching a public interest order petition filed by the Ahimsa Socialist Party to prevent ministers and the opposition leader from campaigning in the next elections to the assembly.
Noting that the petitioner’s idealism may be a bit misplaced, the HC said: “However, a strict Electoral Commission established some guidelines, at least to ensure that government funds are not blatantly used for campaign purposes, such as he usually indulges. in the present.”
Adding that in an ideal world there should be a level playing field where government officials do not use the advantages and benefits of office while campaigning for elections, the court said that these demanding standards were met by many politicians, but have passed. Fashion. these days. Other considerations also come into play in the modern world, he said.
According to the petitioner, allowing people in public office to campaign for a particular candidate is illegal.

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