Engagement of children during elections, ECI takes strong exception, GAD issues circular

JAMMU: The Election Commission of India has taken strong exception to the engagement of children in various election related activities and held the same as highly objectionable.

According to circular issued by GAD here, it has further held that no such insensitivity is shown by any political party anywhere in the Country and that such violation of children’s right for any work connected with the election process like campaigning, carrying of campaigning material etc. will not be acceptable. The Commission has also invited the attention towards the Hon’ble Bombay High Court’s order dated 4th August, 2014, in the matter of PIL No. 127 of 2012 (Chetan Ram LalBhutada Vs State of Maharashtra and Others) vide which the Hon’ble Court has stressed the need to ensure that the political parties do not allow participation of minor children in any election related activities.

The circular says the above instructions of the Election Commission of India are accordingly, brought to the notice of all the concerned for information and further necessary action. The District Election Officer/Returning Officers will be personally held responsible for any such violation and will face severe disciplinary action apart from facing the consequences of law, if any such instance comes to the notice of the Commission.

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