Model Code of Conduct
The Model Code of Conduct came into force in Kerala also on the day of announcement of General Elections by Election Commission of India. Wide publicity was given through both print and electronic media about the implementation of Model Code of Conduct and all political parties, top bureaucrats, police officials etc. were informed in writing highlighting the need to enforce the Model Code Conduct in strict sense.
At district level, special teams were formed to monitor the implementation of Model Code of Conduct. For each Assembly Constituency under the HPC, a separate anti-defacement squad was constituted to look after the violation of Model Code of Conduct then and there and take corrective measures. The anti defacement squads throughout the State functioned very effectively so that the Model Code of Conduct was enforced in good spirit. Immediately after there arrival, the Observers were also keenly involved in enforcing the Model Code of Conduct strictly. Public were given enough facility through help desk, control room etc. to bring to the notice of the authority about the violation of Model Code of Conduct it was widely utilised by the public.
At Chief Electoral Officer level, separate arrangements were made to lodge complaints against violations of Model Code of Conduct and around 85 complaints were received in Chief Electoral Officer's office. All the cases were individually enquired and necessary action were taken to ensure that the Model Code of Conduct is not violated by any one.
The office of the Chief Electoral Officer alone received around 1050 requests for clarification on various issues relating to Model Code of Conduct and 500 odd Government files from various departments were referred for clearance during the period of Model Code of Conduct. The above statistics show that the Model Code of Conduct was strictly enforced in the State in letter and spirit. The implementation of Model Code of Conduct was very effectively enforced in the State without any major untoward incidents and all political parties, bureaucrats and public fully co-operated with the directions of Election Commission of India.